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Wynyard Station's old Wooden Escalators Repurposed Into a Public Artwork

Date: 07-Dec-17
Author: David Rowlinson

Escalator Sculpture at Wynyard Station © David Rowlinson

Escalator Sculpture at Wynyard Station

A major new work called Interloop has been installed at Wynyard Station on Sydney, which has been created out of more than 50 meters of heritage wooden-stepped escalators that were built for the station in 1931. Sydney artist Chris Fox engineered the structure so that four escalator tracks hang via steel beams, twisting together over the heads of commuters.

The sculpture, sitting above four escalators linking York Street to the station's main concourse level, took 12 weeks to build (more than a kilometre of welding was required!).  However, it was installed in an intensive 48-hour period in early December 2017.

Interloop appeared without a whole lot of fanfare, with commuters surprised to discover the trippy, surreal installation. Images started popping up online, even leading some to question whether the images were a hoax. It’s definitely real.

So now we have to add a train station to the list of Sydney’s must-visit public art locations! If you live in or will visit Sydney soon, go and see it, it’s quite breathtaking.


David                                             Rowlinson
Author: David Rowlinson

Make it Wood Program Manager

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