Sydney Contemporary, Australia’s largest international art fair, has teamed up with the Barangaroo Delivery Authority to unveil three giant art installations by top, internationally recognised artists Callum Morton, Mel O’Callaghan and Cameron Robbins. One in particular is causing quite a stir: a grotesque, cartoonish sculpture of US president Donald Trump’s head emerging out of the pavement. And it can’t be unseen.
Montreal-born Morton is responsible for the waterside work Monument # 32: Helter Shelter 2018, which allows people to sit in a colossal tangerine-coloured Trump head to shelter from the elements. The interior of his skull is licked in flames. Morton is known for blending sculpture with architectural design, which often results in political works that make the viewer feel a little uncomfortable.
Mel O’Callaghan, a Sydney artist based in Paris, has designed a confronting performance with the Sydney Dance Company that revolves around breath. The large-scale floor installation involves graphic lines weaving across the floor of Carriageworks sites, helping to guide the dancers forward. The piece will also be performed at Exchange Place in Barangaroo.
Melbourne’s Cameron Robbins has used wind-powered drawing instruments to create a statement piece on the shore of Barangaroo. It incorporates drawing, photography and moving images to make viewers think about nature, the wind, tides and light.
As part of Sydney Contemporary, Melbourne artist Patricia Piccinini is reimagining her installation The Field at Carriageworks.
This is not the first art to be displayed at Barangaroo. Melbourne-based Reko Rennie created a 1500-square-metre pop-inspired mural in December last year, and there was a pop-up art piece by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia too.
Sydney Contemporary returns to Carriageworks from September 13 until September 16 this year. The installations will be open to the public from August 31 until September 24.