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Sydney’s 80-year-old wooden escalator is now this amazing sculpture

Australian artist Chris Fox has unveiled a new sculpture that bridges past and present, right in the middle of Sydney’s Wynyard Station.

The piece, called Interloop, features repurposed timber escalators brilliantly shaped into an accordion-like ribbon suspended from the ceiling. As you move across the station, the artwork seemingly shape-shifts, with its 244 wooden treads appearing to be in constant motion.

Interloop by Chris Fox

The antique escalators were first installed in 1931, serving Sydney’s commuters for 80 years. Now that the station has undergone a major overhaul – which includes installing new escalators and elevators, as well as building a bigger concourse – the old staircases either had to be repurposed or be disposed of.

Fox, along with Novo Rail, chose the former. The new site-specific installation now serves as a reminder and glimpse of the city’s history and future.

Interloop by Chris Fox

“The artwork explores the idea that people are stationary on an escalator whilst also traveling, allowing for a moment of pause that occurs mid-motion,” he said.

“The sculpture resonates with people in this state, referencing all those journeys that have passed and are now interlooping back.”

Interloop by Chris Fox

To see more of Chris Fox’s work, you can head on over here.

Chris Fox ‘Interloop’ 2017 opened today to the public at Wynyard Station. 6 months in design and development, 12 weeks in fabrication and installed in 48 hours. Commissioned by: Novo Rail Program Alliance for @transportfornsw Interloop Project Team: Studio Chris Fox Pty Ltd #studiochrisfox Fabrication Drawings: @__ar_ma__ Engineering: @structure_eng and BollingerGrohamann Engineers Fabrication: @lumark_fabrication Installation: NASS Projects Architects: @coxarchitecture Art Strategy: @culturalcapital.city PR: @_articulatepr Thank you: Tina Salama, Michael Fox, Tony Ho, Rob McGowan, Sascha Bohnenberger, Mark Webb, Paul Sloper, Fergal Talty, Tony Scott, Stacy Raymond, Guillaume Barnes, Harry Partridge, Amanda Jelicich-Kane, Remo Vallance, Edward Horne, Rae Begley, David Varga, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Photo: @joshraymond #escalator #wynyardstation #interloop #chrisfoxinterloop #publicart #sculpture #heritageinterpretation #installationart #heritage #memory #travel #contemporaryart #cityofsydney #wynyardescalators #chrisfox

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Chris Fox ‘Interloop’ 2017 opened today to the public at Wynyard Station. 6 months in design and development, 12 weeks in fabrication and installed in 48 hours. Commissioned by: Novo Rail Program Alliance for @transportfornsw Interloop Project Team: Studio Chris Fox Pty Ltd #studiochrisfox Fabrication Drawings: @__ar_ma__ Engineering: @structure_eng and BollingerGrohamann Engineers Fabrication: @lumark_fabrication Installation: NASS Projects Pty Ltd Architects: @coxarchitecture Art Strategy: @culturalcapital.city PR: @_articulatepr Thank you: Tina Salama, Michael Fox, Tony Ho, Rob McGowan, Sascha Bohnenberger, Mark Webb, Paul Sloper, Fergal Talty, Tony Scott, Stacy Raymond, Guillaume Barnes, Harry Partridge, Amanda Jelicich-Kane, Remo Vallance, Edward Horne, Rae Begley, David Varga, Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore Photo: @joshraymond #escalator #wynyardstation #interloop #chrisfoxinterloop #publicart #heritageinterpretation #installationart #cityofsydney #wynyardescalators #chrisfox

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Chris Fox ‘Interloop’ 2017 Wynyard Station, Sydney #escalator #wynyardstation #publicart #sculpture #heritage #heritageinterpretation #interloop #chrisfoxinterloop #installationart #memory #travel #contemporaryart #cityofsydney #wynyardescalators #chrisfox #studiochrisfox Commissioned by: Novo Rail Program Alliance for @transportfornsw Interloop Project Team: Studio Chris Fox Pty Ltd Fabrication Drawings: @__ar_ma__ Engineering: @structure_eng and BollingerGrohamann Engineers Fabrication: @lumark_fabrication Installation: NASS Projects Architects: @coxarchitecture Art Strategy: @culturalcapital.city PR: @_articulatepr Photo: @joshraymond

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