Location: Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Date Completed: 2002
Collaboration: Emery Vincent Graphic Design, CDP Media
Photography: Tony Caro, Sonia Leber, Steve Brown
The brief for this project held two primary objectives: a permanent acknowledgement of the contribution made by the Sydney 2000 volunteers, and a readily accessible audio-visual exhibit of the entire Olympic experience. The field of totemic poles was conceived as a metaphor for the intense inhabitation of the site during September 2000. The installation was placed within a triangular field generated from the paving geometry of the Stadium Forecourt. Locations of poles were mapped from an aerial photograph of the random crowd patterning taken during the Olympic Games. The poles were used to display plaques bearing volunteers and sponsors names, as well as a wide variety of AV and graphic content dealing with many aspects of the lead-up to the Games and the event itself. The project provides an unstructured, immersive visual aural and spatial experience. A precast concrete canopy structure concealed within the field of 450 poles contains an annular multimedia array with a custom audio-visual presentation of Games highlights.