Chatswood Transport Interchange artwork by Daniel Tobin

3 November, 2009

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PROJECT Chatswood Transport Interchange
LOCATION Sydney, Australia
CLIENT CRI Development
ARTIST UAP Studio, Daniel Tobin
ART MANAGEMENT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2009

Generating environmental awareness at Sydney’s Chatswood Transport Interchange is an integrated signage artwork designed by UAP Principal Daniel Tobin.

Seeming to fold up from the surrounding pavement, the artwork weaves various symbols into a layered story of sustainable living. Recycled car panels provide the work’s base materials, their former function rejected in favour of sustainable transport choices such as walking, cycling and catching the train.

The form of a slender tree is etched into the outer cladding, which has been hammered from the recycled panels of a 1978 Volvo GLX wagon, a 1979 Toyota Hilux, a 2004 Ford AU Falcon and a 1981 Ford Laser Hatch. These same models feature in an animation displayed on the artwork’s reverse. An LED screen depicts the pollution created by cars and contrasts it with alternative transport options, motivating calls to action such as “dump the car”, and a sapling that grows into a healthy tree.

This innovative artwork combines new media, recycled materials and artistic symbolism to inspire and encourage commuters in their use of sustainable transport.

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