Arts at Brookfield Place

At Brookfield Place Sydney, we create vibrant and valued environments for the people who work and live there every day.
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Magnetism

Charles Petillon, 2021

Permanent installation - Carrington Walk

Magnetism is comprised of clusters of lit and unlit spheres, typical of Pétillon’s practice which builds on artistic ethnology: comparing and analysing the characteristics of different peoples and the relationships between them.

The artwork creates overall a hypnotic illusion, where the gaze is caught and suspended mid-stare. Compelling diverse audiences in the abstract way, the spheres foster a universal and shared language and experience. 

COLOUR STUDIES

Kate Banazi, 2022

Temporary installation, 10 Carrington St lobby

Colour Studies is a series of sculptures created by Kate Banazi over the past five years.

The work is informed by Banazi’s life drawings, which she then abstracts into sculptural portraits to explore movement and the overlapping of colour and perception of each form.

Reflections shift from the light thrown within the building throughout the day. Opacity, translucency and rhythm coexist; a comment on our interconnectedness with each other and our environment, both joined and fleeting.

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Roots

Tracey Deep, 2022

Permanent installation, 10 Carrington St lobby

Roots by Tracey Deep is a large-scale sculptural artwork that spans over 7 metres in length and is comprised of over 500 hand-formed aluminium rods finished with a hand applied ochre rub to create a natural appearance. The hand forming process allows for the unique expression of each rod to mimic the organic interwoven nature of roots.

The work’s web style appearance references the intricate root systems that run below-ground and symbolically connect communities to a sense of place. The deep roots interweave to enrich the fabric of life, carrying threads of knowledge and preserved histories. 

 The textures and movement of Roots seamlessly drape behind the concierge desk of the Carrington Street lobby.

Cheeky Birds

Noni Cragg, 2022

Permenant installation, Wynyard Lane

Cheeky Birds by Noni Cragg is the latest public art piece to arrive at Brookfield Place. This incredible mural is located in Wynyard Lane and will be a permenant installation in the precinct.

The design is a celebration of Warrang/Sydney and the beautiful birds and flowers that are present in and around the location of Brookfield Place.

The aim of the design is to contrast with the sleek modern space the mural is situated in by using a pink and lilac sunset as the predominate background colours.

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Walkain-aw (Flying-fox Story Place)

Arthur K. Pambegan Jnr, 2004

Temporary installation, 10 Carrington St Upper Ground

A sculptural piece by Arthur Koo’ekka Pambegan Jnr. produced of natural earth pigments, synthetic polymer binder on hardwood and milkwood, natural fibre. “The designs are Winchanam” Arthur Koo’ekka Pambegan Jnr, explained in 2005, “two young men broke the laws of the elders, so the flying fox took them up and never return …so in the dream they came back with all of the designs.

Arthur Koo-ekka Pambegan Jnr is an elder of the Wik-Mungkan people and senior member of the Wincham ceremonial group.

Thapa Yongk - Law Poles

Joel Ngallametta, 2008

Temporary installation, 10 Carrington St Upper Ground

Joel Ngallametta is a senior Kugu elder from the Cape York region. The Thap Yongk (law poles) play an important role in the community as they represent knowledge of the land and the rights and responsibilities of people within it.

For Ngallametta, the Thap Yongk he makes are directly connected to those made “at the creation of the world”. Thap Yongk represent upturned trees with the roots at the top of the poles. The branches are “hidden” in the ground symbolising the extensive network of stories and laws linking people to the land and to each other.

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What we can't sea

Benja Harney, 2022

Temporary installation, 10 Carrington St lobby

What we can’t sea campaign is a cornerstone of Brookfield Properties’ environmental sustainability program, focusing on raising awareness of the environmental factors affecting the ocean we can’t see with the naked eye.

Acclaimed paper engineer, TV host and artist Benja Harney has partnered with Brookfield Properties to create a collection of sculptures bringing awareness to the micro plastic crisis unfolding in our oceans. Each year between April and November, Australia’s eastern coastline comes alive with the spectacular acrobatic displays of humpback whales. 

Untitled

Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, 2018

Temporary installation, 285 George Street

This bark painting is part of a suite of works exploring a new motif in the artist’s repertoire. She spent the year prior focusing on stars, a subtle expression of her status as a Yunupingu woman of the Gumatj clan and the Yirritja moiety.

Nyapanyapa is not afraid to experiment with subject and medium with the resultant works at the cutting edge of a contemporary practice generally mistook as an ancient, ethnographic art form. Nyapanyapa Yunupingu (b1945) is a Gumatj artist living and working in Yirrkala in Eastern Arnhem land, NT.

Poetry Project

James McInerney/ Poetry Project

Temporary installation, Wynyard Station

Starting as a an underground arts movement the Poetry Project aimed to place poems and quotes in public spaces supporting. Starting in the London Underground in 2018 quotes have been displayed around the world with thousands of people sharing images of these pop up poems online. 

The messages of positivity and support were showcased at Brookfield Place as part of the ‘Mental Health Matters’ campaign in October 2022.