Rochelle Haley

52 Artists

WILMOT STREET, SYDNEY CBD

1 FEBRUARY - 7 FEBRUARY 2021 

 

For 52 ACTIONS I present an alternative view of my work EVER SUN and its accompanying performance, which took place on 25 Jan 2021 at Wilmot Street in Sydney’s CBD. EVER SUN is a suspended installation that opens this public space to a sensitive play of light that changes constantly throughout the day, responding to the mood of the weather and natural environment. The artwork contributes an uplifting sense of colour, luminosity, passage, and hope for the city. It was commissioned by the City of Sydney for the City Art Laneways program 2021, and originally commissioned by Performance Space for Liveworks 2020. 

 

Extending the lines and growing into the gaps of the installation, a dance performance was developed with collaborators, choreographers and friends Angela Goh and Ivey Wawn, who performed alongside Alice Weber, David Huggins and Patricia Wood. The first of two public performances activated the artwork and city lane, drawing people to visit the area at different times of day to experience the work changing with the sun.

The work’s strong sunset palette is enhanced by the long beams of actual sunlight flooding Wilmot Street in its East-West orientation. EVER SUN reflects the arches from nearby city architecture and other points of visual connection with sightlines of the street. These forms are extended into unique costumes made by workshopping shapes, colours and compositions with costume designer Leah Giblin.

By emphasising changes in natural light, the work is a reminder of life’s cycles  – as constant and spectacular as the rising and setting of the sun. EVER SUN offers an inspiring space to walk and reflect, feel nurtured by colour and light, and be together, sensitively, in a way that reminds us of the resilience, necessity and beauty of art.

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