The project is part of a three-month Welcome Celebration developed by BDA on behalf of the NSW Government to mark the opening of Barangaroo Reserve. Esem Projects’ temporary art installation is the second installation in the Cutaway, the massive cultural space built within the headland park.
Visitors are invited to engage with the work, which comprises of large-scale projections and a series of brightly coloured shipping containers creating a roomful of mini-galleries, each telling a different compelling and entertaining storyabout the various chapters of Sydney’s maritime history and aspects of the working wharves from Depression era lines of hungry workers to the farewelling of soldiers during the Second World War.
We discovered here that interactivity can be done quite effectively with old technology too – the typewriters we installed were a big hit with visitors!
Thanks to Gary Sinclair at Tactile Media for his hard work in making Arrivals and Departures sound fantastic, and all those who contributed their stories and documentation of the area.