Armanious & Timms commissions unveiled in Sydney - Art Collector

4 May 2010 | Two major public artworks by Freddie Timms and Hany Armanious (in collaboration with Mary Teague) will be unveiled next week when Investa's new Ark building in North Sydney opens its doors. The artists have been working on the commissions since 2006.

Timms has produced a ceiling painting for the building's foyer which spans 12 by 16 metres. Titled Lissadell, the work depicts Lissadell station where Timms spent much of his early life growing up and working as a stockman.

Lines of Communication by Armanious and Teague is a sculpture of an oversized child's toy telephone, which reuses material from the telephone switch exchange that previously stood on the site. (While the building itself was of no historical significance, it was only allowed to be demolished on the proviso that one of the artists commissioned for Ark reference it in their work.)

''We have created a piece that is tangled, lively and beautiful to the eye using wires salvaged from the exchange prior to the demolition of the building. We want the public to enjoy it and relate to it,'' says Armanious, ''and we want it to have staying power.''

Barbara Flynn, the art consultant brought on to oversee the project and commissions, says the inclusion of the two works in the plans for the building ''demonstrates the critical role art can play in defining and humanising a landmark building like Ark''.

Jane O'Sullivan

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