With the growth of technology, a lot of things from the past start to disappear. Having that in mind, we start wondering of what happens to the old, of the history that those old objects symbol. A great example of that are the wooden escalators, which are no longer in use, but artist Chris Fox has been able to find a function and a meaning for it even nowadays.
Chris Fox repurposed a historic wooden escalator set into a pair of spectacular sculptures made from recycled materials.
Sydney’s Wynyard Station first installed a pair of the wooden escalators in 1931, but the Australian locale have replaced them with their modern counterparts. The two interlocking sculptures he built form the spectacular site-specific installation known as Interloop.
Suspended from the ceiling, Interloop features the stairs stretched like an accordion and wrapped around one another. A seemingly shape-shifting form, it changes depending on the angle in which it’s viewed—but from every vantage point, it’s impressive.
Not only it adds the beauty to this place, but it’s also used to celebrate the past while allowing the city to look forward to its future.
Fox simultaneously achieved a tranquility in the form with the distinct feeling that Interloop is in the midst of motion.
Considering the size, this was no small feat—the two pieces measure more than 50 meters (~164 feet) in length, weigh over five tons, and display 244 wooden treads from the original escalators.
The moving staircase served Sydney’s commuters for 80 years, a fact that Fox bared in mind as he was designing this project. “The artwork explores the idea that people are stationary on an escalator whilst also traveling, allowing for a moment of pause that occurs mid-motion,” says Fox. “The sculpture resonates with people in this state, referencing all those journeys that have passed and are now interlooping back.”
All images via Josh Raymond and Chris Fox.