Chatswood Chase | “Substance” by Belinda Smith

26 January, 2010

PROJECT Chatswood Chase
CLIENT Colonial First State Property Management
LOCATION Sydney, NSW, Australia
ARTIST Belinda Smith
ART CONSULTANT Urban Art Projects
YEAR 2009

Chatswood Chase is a high-end retail precinct on Sydney’s Northshore. Belinda Smith’s integrated artwork was part of a redevelopment to enhance the contemporary style and elegance of the interior.

Reflecting the calibre of retailers within the centre, the artwork is an abstraction of the rare and celebrated Florentine Diamond, a precious stone whose history traverses the globe from India, Europe to the Americas.

Laser cut aluminium diamond shapes, each up to 1.5 metres in diameter, clad the interior architecture and exterior entranceway, seeming to gradually emerge from the walls into three-dimensional cast aluminium sculptural forms. A ground-based form greets shoppers as they approach the centre, giving the appearance of a diamond that has been only partially unearthed, and can be seen to represent the hidden treasures that are awaiting discovery inside.

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