Orange’s latest public art project has been installed. The FutureCity Public Art project is a three-year program of murals and art installations, to be positioned on and near public and privately-owned buildings around the CBD.
‘Shadowline’, is a series of large golden spheres, positioned like push-pins on a map which trace the ancient path of a creek through the heart of Orange.
Six spheres have been installed today. Another three, to be placed in Lords Place and Kite Street, will be installed once FutureCity footpath upgrades are completed. The concrete spheres, up to 750mm in diameter, are covered in gold leaf and protected by a highly abrasive resistant polyurethane coating.
Orange Mayor Jason Hamling said he was impressed by the latest public sculpture.
“Good art is always going be thought-provoking and this work certainly fits the bill,” Cr Jason Hamling said. “The FutureCity Public Art project is all about creating a CBD that is attractive and creating places that people will want to spend time in.”
“It’s fascinating to look along this meandering line of spheres and imagine the original line of Blackmans Swamp Creek before the underground channel was built.”
Orange Regional Gallery Director Brad Hammond welcomed the latest work.
“Shadowline encourages people to think about our environment in a new way,” Brad Hammond said. “By following the path of the original creek line, these spheres explore the deep-time history of this area in the heart of our community.”
“It invites us to re-think the history of Orange. The golden colours and reflections of the spheres will work beautifully with the seasonal changes throughout the year.”
SHADOWLINE: Artists Lisa Jones and Julia Davis celebrate the installation of the first six golden spheres with Orange Regional Gallery director Bradley Hammond and Orange Mayor Jason Hamling