SCentre Group Westfield
Looking Up & Understory by Jade Oakley
Westfield Parramatta, NSW
SCentre Group engaged Creative Road to project manage the delivery of two large scale integrated artworks for their newly refurbished Westfield Parramatta store. The artworks by Sydney artist Jade Oakley consisted of cladding treatments for four centre court escalators and lift wells over five floors. The artwork was made from Alucobond treated in a custom shimmering treatment by fabricator Axolotl. The background features an etched relief of the forest canopy, and the panels are embellished with a second layer of perforated leaf screens that wrap around the sides of the escalators.
I was amazed to find Lake Parramatta, tucked in behind a busy road, with some really beautiful original forest around it, including towering gum trees and mossy glades with trickling streams and tree ferns. I spent a day there sketching and photographing and thinking. These artworks sprang from this encounter with a surprising pocket of nature in a busy part of Sydney.Jade Oakley