A major new public artwork inspired by the natural movement of water has been unveiled in Sydney’s CBD by one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists. Ripples and droplets, a mural by Maria Fernanda Cardoso, spans the length of one wall of a 36-storey residential tower in central Sydney. Standing 11 floorseyes tall and spanning 335 square metres, the mural is believed to be the largest public artwork by an Australian artist in Sydney’s CBD.
Maria Fernanda Cardoso has worked closely with architect Angelo Candalepas since the project began in 2014 and developed the work with public art curator Amanda Sharrad. Although the memoir has evolved over time, the result is consistent with many of the themes that have guided his practice for decades.
Cardoso’s design features a series of concentric circles and spirals, like ripples on a pond. The design also evokes the silky thread of a spider’s web and reflects the general direction of his creative career. Cardoso is fascinated by the natural geometry of the world, and this work has allowed her to magnify the kind of details that remain hidden from view.
Ripples and droplets can be seen on the north-facing wall above the entry way which connects the Castlereagh Street frontage to 116 Bathurst Street and the Porter House Hotel next door. The work is designed to be viewed from the side, as most views will be across the street or from below.