new $1.7 million installation by German artist Tobias Rehberger ready for approval



In 2010, Rehberger “dazzled” a decommissioned First World War ship parked on the Thames for the Chelsea College of Art and Design, the Liverpool Biennale and the Tate Liverpool.

A development app will be released to the public next week for the art project which was first designed in 2012 and entered an international design competition in 2015.

Upon approval, artwork will be installed at Green Square Library Plaza and at the corner of Defries Avenue and Zetland Avenue. The other two artworks are related to infrastructure delays.

The international locations of its illuminated orbs are meant to spark travel imaginations, Rehberger said.

The idea that everyone lives and gathers under the same sun inspired the title, Here Here. And everywhere.

“It connects us to different places around the world, showing us different views of this big object so central to our lives: the sun,” Rehbreger said.

In deciding on its international locations, Rehberger was inspired by the diverse cultural mix of inland Sydney. The Chinese and the British form the largest migrant communities in the suburbs. Only one person was from Panama.

“I also wanted to have a depiction of a different landscape, weather, vegetation, not the most obvious places,” he said.

The port of Irkeshtam was selected because it is the border crossing between Xinjiang and Kyrgyzstan. Grasmere in the Lakes District, home of poet William Wordsworth, is known for its rolling green hills. Panama is at the crossroads of international maritime routes. “It’s a country that only exists because of the idea of ​​connecting things from the Pacific to the Atlantic,” says Rehberger.


“It’s a very small country and 99% of people who have heard of it have heard of the Panama Canal.”

The installations are part of a larger public art strategy for the region curated by Amanda Sharrad and originally cost $4 million.

“It is essential to find ways to help build cohesive communities while respecting the unique cultures and experiences of our residents,” said Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

“The Council commissioned five artists to design permanent public works of art that engage the residents of Green Square, connecting them physically and conceptually to their surroundings and new community.”


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