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Callum Morton’s newest public artwork, ‘City Lights’, launches on the back façade of the new Ace Hotel in Foy Lane, Surry Hills, Sydney.
A cluster of 44 varied, empty light boxes, ‘City Lights’ forms a dense mass of black steel at heights that draws the eye ever upwards. Each box references a particular part of the city discovered by Morton during a series of walks throughout 2019. Tight groupings of boxes light in sequence, up and down the lane, creating abstracted, illuminated silhouettes – a drawing that becomes increasing illegible the more lights are added to the succession.
Noting reference in the work’s title, Morton said: ” The title ‘City Lights ‘is taken from Charlie Chaplin’s 1932 film of the same name, where The Tramp falls in love with a girl who is visually impaired and tries to help her restore her sight. Referring on the one hand to the mobile and marginal wanderings of The Tramp, but equally to the temporary blindness one can feel when lost inside the chaos of the contemporary city at the street level, the works legion of empty signs and light fragments, echoes this blindness.”
This work was produced in collaboration with Monash Art Projects, curated by Amanda Sharrad and commissioned by the Golden Age Group for the Ace Hotel by Bates Smart architects.