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  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • Perforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal
  • PPerforated metal artwork by Arrow Metal

About this project

A new piece of perforated metal artwork in Granville’s Cowper Street is word-perfect, after Arrow Metal recreated an artistic interpretation of the poetry of celebrated local poet Todd Turner within metal panels.

Customised perforated metal artwork brings poetry to the public

Flowing around the residential and commercial development’s street awnings and façade, the unique work – which reflects the historical importance of the local river system – was manufactured by Arrow Metal in collaboration with artists Rhonda Pryor and Kath Fries, and Architects Johannsen & Associates (AJA).

Using a specialised tooling process, extracts from Todd Turner’s poem ‘Grace’ were written into the powder coated aluminium panels through specially-placed perforations. The perforated metal artwork reveals passages from the poem as people move round the exterior of the development.

The project also includes perforated metal in an abstracted mural of the nearby Duck River system. Situated on the east wall elevation, the river is represented by a carefully-placed pattern of giant perforated metal leaves which sweep up the building to the point where it joins the Parramatta River.

To create the large-scale installation, Arrow Metal manufactured and perforated solid metal panels before cutting out each intricate leaf shape to match the exact requirements of the architect’s complex design. These were then installed by the project builder Sirius Consolidated.

Reflecting local heritage through perforated metal artwork

Based on a concept of flow, change and natural cycles, the new perforated metal artwork was created in contribution to Parramatta Council’s Arts Plan for the Cowper Street development. The 10-year plan aims to create a city where arts and culture interact with everyday urban life, to signify the history of the area and bring its unique stories to life.

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