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]
:::: 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 two inter-building 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 spatial arc scribed by the canopy fringe. drape on the other hand consists of 9 equal length ropes draped varyingly over and across the two footbridges, to achieve a given symmetry. 

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


NOTE: drape not as yet installed at time of publication of the current pages [july2, 2018]




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 height 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 source the right product, and Hari Gohil [Shreeji Consultant - Structural Civil Engineering] for his certification.