July 2020. A new public artwork for Sydney, Asterisk (from the Ancient Greek 'asteriskos': little star) combines ancient stones with celestial form, marking journeys past and present. The 12 tonne sculpture is sited at the entrance of a new park developed by NSW Government and Westconnex on 18 hectares of open space, part of a major transport infrastructure project on Cadigal and Kameygal land. The intersecting stone from different corners of Australia - Pilbara, Chillagoe and Sydney, trace the history of the oldest continent on Earth. A unique composite blade made from rock recovered from road tunnelling below the site orientates the star-form to Ginan, a small star recently internationally recognised by its ancient Aboriginal Australian astronomy star-name. Shadows mark the passage of time in a circle of heritage stones from the Triassic period, which once lined local roads.
Pilbara Marble, Chillagoe Marble, Sydney Tunnel-Stone, Heritage Sandstone
12m Dia. x 1mH.
Westconnext Public Art Project, St Peter's Sydney NSW