Largest public artwork by an Australian artist unveiled in the Sydney CBD

Largest public artwork by an Australian artist unveiled in the Sydney CBD

City Hub Sydney, published on 28 March 2022 by Jamie Apps

“A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and Droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in the centre of Sydney. Standing 11 storeys high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

Maria Fernanda Cardoso worked closely with the architect, Angelo Candalepas, since the inception of the project in 2014, and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad. While the brief has evolved over time, the result is consistent with many of the themes that have guided her practice for decades.

Cardoso’s design features a series of concentric circles and spirals, like ripples on a pond. The design also evokes the silky thread of a spider web and reflects the broad direction of her creative career. Cardoso is fascinated by the natural geometry of the world, and this work has allowed her to magnify the sort of details that remain hidden from sight.”

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