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.

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.

“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.”

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