Chris Fox was commissioned to develop this project for a private residence in a converted electrical Substation in Paddington Sydney. Built in 1916 on the remains of an old quarry, the substation front walls and a series of elongated trenches were maintained and a new 3 storey building was inserted behind in 2001. These trenches once housed mains cables coming into the Substation to be stepped-down through a series of transformers before heading out for distribution to surrounding area.
Developing from this history of the site, this permanent art installation integrates specific stainless steel components, lighting and a glass floor to refigure the existing trench. Referencing the transformation of the mains power into data, power and light, a series of quotes are also textured into the glass floor. These quotes are positioned in a chronology of scientific thinking from important historical figures in the understanding of the transference of electricity.
stainless steel: cylindrical filter, high pressure woven hoses, distribution panels, fabricated components. AC axial fan, pneumatic polyester tubing, tri-laminate toughened glass with cnc textured pattern, programmed RGB and white LED lighting
Photography: Jamie North, Brett Boardman, Chris Fox