Ker­rie Poliness

Stream con­sists of a series of inter­sect­ing straight lines form­ing a mean­der­ing glass path­way across the Dry­ing Green Park. It pro­duces a flex­i­ble dia­mond struc­ture with­in the lawn, through the cen­tral paths and over raised, tiered rows of bench­es. The high­ly inte­grat­ed art­work is embed­ded with­in the park design, mate­ri­als and forms and becomes a func­tion­al sec­ondary route through the park.

Streams geom­e­try of waves reflects upon the man­i­fes­ta­tion of waves across a vari­ety of phe­nom­e­na such as water, sound, ener­gy, light, geo­mor­phol­o­gy, and migra­tion. Waves can relate to phys­i­cal move­ment and trans­fer of ener­gy, or can be a metaphor for the phas­es of his­to­ry and cul­ture, in con­stant motion and transition.

The art­work is con­cep­tu­al­ly linked to local ecol­o­gy and his­to­ry. Stream also refers to the active process of fol­low­ing phys­i­cal and con­cep­tu­al paths and mak­ing con­nec­tions. The work evokes the flow and col­lec­tion of knowl­edge, the form­ing of ideas, the evo­lu­tion of sto­ries, and the inter­link­ing lay­ers of history.

The Dry­ing Green, Green Square, Zet­land, Syd­ney
Com­mis­sioner: City of Syd­ney
Design lead: McGre­gor Cox­all
Land­scape archi­tect: Adri­an McGre­gor
Build: Regal Inno­va­tions, Elec­tro­light
Cura­tor: Aman­da Shar­rad
Pho­to: Chris Southwood


Ker­rie Poliness

Stream, 2022
Cour­tesy the artist and City of Syd­ney. Pho­tog­ra­ph­er: Chris Southwood.