Giant birds send eyes soaring on Goulburn Street

Giant birds send eyes soaring on Goulburn Street

A giant artwork featuring a flock of gulls in full flight has transformed one of Sydney’s ugliest buildings.

The artwork was created by Clemens Habicht, a Sydneysider who now divides his time between Paris and Sydney as a designer, director and editorial illustrator.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Habicht’s new work featured more than 4,000 individually printed panels, sliding into a spectacular 37-metre-wide by 15-metre-high triangle.

“It’s hard to imagine, but we’re transforming the Goulburn Street car park – long billed as one of the city’s ugliest buildings,” the Lord Mayor said.

Gulls is a welcome relief from the stark car park walls and the cacophony of advertising we usually see in such a spot.”

“Whether it’s Reko Rennie’s Always Was Always Will Be in Taylor Square, or Jason Wing’s Between Two Worlds in Chinatown’s Kimber Lane, we are committed to creating interesting and engaging public spaces in the heart of our city.”

The installation of Gulls follows a group of local photographers creating the Elizabeth Street Gallery at street level. By putting 40 photographs on the side of the Goulburn Street Car Park the photographers helped improve an unloved part of the city.

The City asked for expressions of interest for the artworks on the Campbell Street façade above the railway lines.

More than a dozen submissions were received and the City’s Public Art Advisory Panel and RailCorp was involved in the final decision.

Gulls is a compositional play between the patterns of a grid system and random breaks to that system, illustrated through the flocking dynamics of gulls,” Mr Habicht said.

“It’s a bit like the theme and variation ideas more often found in music.

“The collage was originally built from the insides of envelopes so it’s amazing to see it now reproduced to such a massive scale in the middle of Sydney.”


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