The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Tuesday, January 25, 2022


Landmark work by Maria Fernanda Cardoso to rise 11 storeys high over Sydney Streets
The new mural, integrated into a new building designed by acclaimed architect Angelo Candalepas, will be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.



SYDNEY.- A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water will be installed in Sydney’s CBD this summer 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 stories high and covering 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in the Sydney CBD.

Commissioned by United Development Sydney as part of the Castle Residences mixed development at 116 Bathurst Street by Candalepas Associates, which is scheduled for completion by Hutchinson Builders in early 2022. Maria Fernanda Cardoso has 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.

The artist’s design—concentric circles and spirals like ripples on a pond, also the silky thread of a spider web—reflects the broad direction of her creative career. Maria Fernanda 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.

Ripples and Droplets can be seen above and to the right of the Castlereagh Street facade of 116 Bathurst Street, above a laneway beside Porter House. The work is designed to be seen laterally, given most vantage points will be from across the street or from beneath.




The mural is part of a series called Drawing Paintings, Painting Drawings. The name refers to a technique invented by the artist that allows her to draw and paint simultaneously. Instead of a brush, she works with a container that dispenses paint through a small plastic tube and needle, which creates droplet effects as she draws lines across the surface.

Maria Fernanda Cardoso grew up in Colombia surrounded by architecture and design. The daughter of two architects, she spent eighteen months studying architecture herself before switching to art. She has since been celebrated as an artist worldwide—from Bogotá to New York, Venice to London—for her distinctive vision and her curiosity about the hidden wonders of the natural world.

Artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso said: “When I started to make public art, I just felt at such ease. I had prepared all my life for it. In a public space, scale is very important, because most things go unperceived. The scale makes them visible. The patterns are like ripples in water, and if you look closer, there are droplets. My concept from the beginning was about painting as a fluid. That is why it has ended up being ripples and droplets.”

Public art curator Amanda Sharrad said: “This artwork is a distinctive and exceptional landmark and Maria Fernanda Cardoso’s most ambitiously scaled work to date. Cardoso delights in finding, revealing and celebrating beauty and magnificence in small and seemingly insignificant forms and forces of nature. The biophilic design of this work calls to mind natural phenomena such as rain on a web, ripples on water, growth rings of a tree—meticulously enlarged to the scale of the built environment. Changing fluidly according to one’s vantage point, drawing the eye in from the street and upwards from below, the fine organic lines of white mineral paint contrast beautifully with the surrounding architectural order and urban colour, giving the artwork a quietly powerful presence.”

Angelo Candalepas said: “There is a need for artworks on buildings to reflect the intentions of the architectural work, which is also art. We had wanted to add to the city something as strong as the Josef Albers sculpture in Martin Place or Alexander Calder’s in Australia Square—but with an Australian artist. Maria Fernanda Cardoso listened to the building’s needs and understood that the work deferred to the ancient idea of a circle in geometry, the sphere and the imperfection of pendulums in making these shapes. Her work reflects the tenuous nature of circles rather than their certainty, and in so doing it defers to nature. It has been completed through contemporary technology to appear both uncertain and permanent, at once of this time and absent of a time. It sits uneasily on microns off a concrete wall like the constellation of a thousand spiders. She leaves behind a great message about optimism in geometry, about the human ability to offer something joyous, with the arches of Castlereagh Street finding their source in this mirroring of nature.”

Hutchinson Project Manager Timothy Ferguson said: “Hutchinson has been working closely with Maria-Fernanda Cardoso and Amanda Sharrad to bring to life the artist’s vision, which is nestled off the side face of the 11-storey hotel facade under the main building’s cantilever. It has been challenging and rewarding to create and project this piece of art on such a large scale and to a detail that mimics the artist’s original concepts.”










Today's News

November 10, 2021

Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and Center Hosts Virtual Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable

Six million visited wrapped Arc de Triomphe

France hands back 26 treasures looted from Benin

National Portrait Gallery announces winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021

Exhibition features fifteen paintings dating from 1959 through 1961 by Donald Judd

Western art prices soar sky high at Hindman's Western Art, Including Contemporary Native American Art Auction

Taíno people want to stop Christie's sale of artifacts

Explore Sydney Contemporary launches 11 November with 1,700+ artworks

White Star Line button worn by one of two barbers on board the Titanic headlines auction

Dean Stockwell, child actor turned 'Quantum Leap' star, dies at 85

Contemporary Art at Swann Nov 16: David Hockney, Kerry James Marshall, Jenny Holzer & more

Christie's Finest and Rarest Wines and Spirits to be led by the legendary Springbank 1919, 50 Year Old

Remarkable archive of artworks by a Derbyshire miner up for auction

Landmark work by Maria Fernanda Cardoso to rise 11 storeys high over Sydney Streets

Hake's sets world auction record with sale of Capt. America shield: $259,540

Fridman Gallery opens an exhibition of works by Ambrose Rhapsody Murray

Creative Time appoints Head of Storytelling Kathryn McKinney

A handwritten page from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' sells for world record $423,000

Pottery from important New England estate, American Indian art lead Ethnographic Art Auction

Audain Prize for Visual Art awards $100,000 to Haida carver James Hart

The Morgan announces Jesse R. Erickson as the Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings

Michael Anastassiades' debut solo-exhibition with Friedman Benda opens in New York

Chamber Music Society's leaders on balancing old and new

Woody Auction announces highlights included in Dec. 4 antique auction

Brick and Mortar Casinos Close. Can online casinos replace it?

Mistakes Artists Make When Selling Their Art Online

8 Gifts for Mothers

Tarot Reading: What Are These Cards? (+ Free Reading)

How To Transform Photos Into Pop Art




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful