“If you look at something with a fresh pair of eyes you will always see it differently even if you’re looking at the same thing.”
That’s the theory behind Bonnyrigg artist Khaled Sabsabi’s latest piece titled: More than.
His work is part of Parko Techni 2018: a collection of six public artworks temporarily displayed across Sydney Olympic Park.
More than, which is activated nightly at 5pm, is a large format projection opposite the Pullman Hotel that combines images drawn from the park's architectural structures with elements of its environmental diversity.
“The work looks at not only the history of the park but in terms of its contemporary and modern usage,” Mr Sabsabi said.
“I’ve taken the architectural structures and abstracting them into a two channel video projection that looks at looks symmetrics and patterns
“I took videos around the park and processed that imagery into a kaleidoscopic abstract work that mirrors multiple angles of an image.”
The work takes in the Newington Armory, ANZ Stadium and parts of the natural environment including the creek.
Sabsabi, who migrated with his family from Lebanon to Australia in 1978 due to civil war, spent two months working on the project.
“It’s phenomenal to see it completed. It’s good to know people who go to the footy and concerts can be memorised by it,” he said.
“The title More than is about the idea there is more out there to what we perceive in terms of looking at the same thing through different eyes and letting it manifest itself into something different.”
Sydney Olympic Park Authority's Senior Manager, Place Activation and Strategy, Tony Nesbitt said Parko Techni is a break from their usual arts events at Newington Armory and includes in a variety of media including digital projection, interactive light poles, rope-based works, murals and free-standing sculpture.
“The park has a unique energy and is anything but a homogenous place. We have one of the world’s great urban parklands, monumental architecture, stadia, intimate pocket parks and sparkling new residential precincts, and these have all informed the works in this show,” he said.
The six artworks by five awarded artists illustrate the contemporary art practice and the rich diversity of the park's built and natural environment.
The works include:
- Ember: An immersive light installation. Artist: Lumiform. Location Cathy Freeman Park.
- Architecture for Birds: A series of freestanding timber totems. Artist: Emma Anna. Location: Jacaranda Square.
- Here and There: A work which pays homage to the shorebirds. Artist: Eggpicnic. Location: Australia Avenue
- Drop, Drape: Duo of minimalist, site-sensitive rope interventions. Artist: Gary Deirmendijan. Location: Olympic Park station, Park Street.
- The free public exhibition will remain on display until October 31.