by Jade Oakley for Lend Lease (Sydney)

Wintergarden is a site specific kinetic artwork installed within the newly refurbished Lend Lease development at 1 O’Connell St Sydney. The artwork has been designed to provide an elegant and natural aesthetic for the atrium space, complimenting interior finishes and harnessing the natural sunlight within the space.

The artist’s aim was to achieve a sense of lightness in Wintergarden. The design of the mobile echoes the splayed feathers of a bird’s wing or the shape of vine, fern, water and shell through pattern, repetition and variation of form. Like interlocking birds wings, the mobiles suggest ascent and through joyful colours and flamboyant composition they hint at celebration.

Specifications | acrylic, steel, aluminium and paint; 20m long x 7m high
Photos | Carolyn Price

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This huge sculpture has a large number of different components. At times I have felt overwhelmed by the scale and complexity, however I was privileged to collaborate with an amazing team of specialists. The leaves were painted by Michael Wolff, who developed a unique method to replicate the watercolour effects of the original model on a large scale. The bespoke fittings and shapes of the leaves were designed by Dominic van der Merwe, who worked closely with me to make fittings that are both beautiful and functional.

The team from Crawford’s Casting were absolutely amazing. They did all the steel work, assembly and installation and have been instrumental in bringing this large project to life. The project was managed beautifully by Creative Road who took much of the burden off me and allowed me to focus on the artwork itself.

Jade Oakley