The ‘Flight’ sculptures were inspired by the Ducks Crossing street signs and open space on the adjacent road. Further review and research showed the open space extending west and east is utilised by local ducks moving between riparian areas, and that there had been regular fatalities, and hence the signs. The ‘Flight’ public art provides a subtle reference to the ducks, examining the feather to pique interest and highlight the unusual context of wildlife corridors through an urban precinct. The ‘flight’ concept equally refers to the likely absence of the birds in coming years, expecting that the signs will become redundant and be removed, and the sculptures may celebrate only their memory rather than presence.
~ Ross Shepherd (Director – Site Image)
Ross Shepherd worked closely with our team in developing concepts from an early concept stage by exploring various design options for the artwork. Scope of works included design development and detailing, 2D drafting, structural engineering, 3D renderings. Design considerations included the dynamic effects of wind, rain and sun as well as durability for materials, construction, fabrication and public artwork installation.
“I would like to congratulate you and your team for what is a well-considered, dynamic and robust public art concept which will add significantly to the development, but also add uniqueness to the place. This is a good example of what Council is attempting to achieve with its public art controls.”
Paul Graham, Public Art Manager for Ryde City Council