Photos: 80-year-old wooden escalators turned into dramatic art installation
An Australian contemporary artist and sculptor has turned a train station's 80-year-old wooden escalators into a ceiling sculpture.
The work, titled Interloop, is a hovering sculpture that loops together two pairs of reconfigured heritage escalators measuring more than 50 meters in length and incorporating 244 wooden escalator treads and 4 escalator combs inside Wynyard Station in Sydney, Australia.
Artist Chris Fox commented: “Connecting yesterday and tomorrow, ‘Interloop’ interrogates the conceptual and material boundaries between art and architecture. It is a physical re-interpretation of the historic wooden-stepped Wynyard escalators initially built in 1931, that re-purposes the hardwood from the heritage treads of now retired escalators, into a sculpture weighing over five tonnes.”
Taking 6 months to design and engineer, the sculpture took 12 weeks to fabricate with over a kilometer of welding, before an intensive 48-hour installation period.
Interloop is built from high strength marine grade aluminum and suspended via new steel beams installed into Wynyard Station. The wooden treads from the original escalators have been refastened to the accordion like aluminum surface.
Interloop floats above the heads of commuters as they travel on the escalators linking York Street to the main concourse level of Wynyard Station. With the re-purposing of the wooden treads the sculpture aims to evoke memories of passengers and modes of travel from the past while conjuring complimentary ideas of journey and travel, start and finish, here and there, as well as past and future.