14 July 2011 – Windwatcher by Mikala Dwyer is the latest artwork to be unveiled on the heritage-listed Irving Street Brewery building, part of Frasers Property’s $450,000 Artists In Residence public art project at its $2 billion Central Park project at Broadway in Sydney.
Ms Dwyer created the concept of the artwork from her studio in Alexandria and last Friday “tested the design concept at the top of the 52-metre-high chimney stack, which once billowed voluminous amounts of steam from brewery chambers far below,” Frasers said in a statement.
“Once installed, a sparkling and brightly coloured windsock will fly high from the chimney stack ‘dancing’ in the wind and mesmerizing passers-by with what the artist describes as a simple but profound’ reminder not just of the sky, but of the majestic force of the wind.”
Frasers Property said it is working with heritage consultants, Urbis to ensure the chimney is “totally unscathed – along with all other heritage components of the site.”
“Artists in Residence is a temporary public art project designed to transform the Irving Street Brewery building and brick chimney – prominently located at the centre of the Central Park development site – with the installation of four large, vibrant and witty artworks that will attract the attention of local residents, students and passers-by commuting to the city via Broadway,” Frasers said.