Reko Rennie has been commissioned by Lendlease to paint a sweeping 1500-square-metre mural at Barangaroo. It will cover buildings, hoardings and rooftops and – weather permitting – will be completed in early May. The Melbourne-based artist’s work draws heavily from his urban upbringing and his Indigenous heritage and the symbols and iconography of the Kamilaroi people of northern NSW.
“The title of the work is As the Crow Flies,” says Rennie. “The idea has come from an image I drew of crow’s feather that I’d found lying on the ground some time ago.” The feather will become a repeated graphic motif, featuring Rennie’s signature blue and pink.
“The feather is all about the transient nature of people moving in the area, it’s like the wind blowing the feather around. There is movement in the patterning and style of the work,” he continues. “It’s also a reference to the Aboriginal people and the land. It always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.”
In Sydney, Rennie may be best known for Always was, always will be, the unmissable geometric neon-pink and cobalt-blue diamonds splashed across the T2 building at Taylor Square. While City of Sydney has voted to sell T2, As the Crow Flies will be at Barangaroo for at least two years on a wall and roof space between Towers One and Two of the soaring Towers Sydney trio and the main car park.