gary deirmendjian selected works

drop 2018



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:::: major architectural context intervention of kinetic sensitivity
:::: Sydney Olympic Park Railway Station; by HASSELL Studio
:::: Temporary Public Art Commission, Parko Techni 2018
:::: Sydney Olympic Park Authority [SOPA]
:::: sibling work to drape
:::: rope and support media
:::: dimensions variable

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artist statement

drop and drape are a duo of minimalist and highly site sensitive rope interventions. 

they draw their form and meaning directly from the architectural opportunities located centrally at Olympic Park, and equally so from the prime responsibilities of the Authority. 

while drop takes its formal lead directly from the canopy fringe at the Western main entry to Olympic Park Station, the form of drape relies upon the inter-building void and footbridges connecting the Commonwealth Bank buildings that straddle Park Street, between Dawn Fraser and Herb Elliott Avenues. 

drop consists of 19 suspended ropes of graduated height that mirror the complex spatial arc scribed by the canopy fringe. drape on the other hand consists of 9 equal length ropes rooted to the rooftop and draped varyingly over the upper footbridge. 

both works are kinetically sensitive to any localised movement of air. 

just watch the buildings breathe in the slightest breeze, or even heave against a howling wind…


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i thank SOPA for the opportunity to realise this work. in particular i wish to thank Tony Nesbitt [Manager Arts & Culture] for his support and efficient facilitation in meeting all necessary development and bureaucratic requirements.

i wish to acknowledge Pacific Facilities Management - the contractors for the installation. in particular i wish to thank Dave Redman [Director], Dean Peacock [Project Manager], their ground crew Dennis Underwood & Paul Peacock, and the high access crew of Suyog Ghimire & Viraj Chhetri, for their collective expertise, patience and professionalism.

further, i thank David Tumeth [Sydney Rope Supplies] in helping to specify and supply the right product., and Hari Gohil [Shreeji Consultant - Structural Civil Engineering] for his certification.