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Installed from 23 September 2010 to 31 January 2011
Thousands of multi coloured strips suspended from cables one storey up, between the heritage buildings in a laneway
Thousands of multi coloured strips suspended a laneway with a large photograph of a house at the end
Thousands of multi coloured strips suspended a laneway with several brick archways on the right hand side

Thousands of coloured strips suspended in Bridge Lane translated the breeze into a constantly moving painting, transforming the public space.

Artist: Nike Savvas
Curator: Barbara Flynn
This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location.

Artwork description

Rush was a temporary art installation consisting of thousands of strips in many different colours. They were suspended from evenly spaced cables that stretched one storey up between the heritage buildings bordering Bridge Lane. Fluttering overhead and swirling with the wind, the strips created ever-changing patterns of colour and movement.

Viewed from either end, the strips created the illusion of a multicoloured, dynamic ceiling stretching the length of the laneway. But from below, the viewer could look straight through the installation at the looming buildings overshadowing the lane and the narrow strip of sky high above. 

Thousands of long, hanging, strands create a ceiling lining Bridge Lane. The wind animates and sways the individual strands to create a visually rich, colour-coded sky of incidental aerial abstract patterns whose form shifts and changes according to the breeze. As a luscious, pseudo-psychedelic kinetic painting, it heaves and flows on the passage of the air. Like Alice, those passing will be temporarily transported, immersed in an environment of escape and wonderment.

– Nike Savvas


Nike Savvas received a Bachelor of Visual Arts from Sydney College of the Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW.

She has participated in more than 250 solo and group exhibitions Europe, Australasia, the US and Asia. Her work is held in several major Australian and international collections, including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and The British Library in London.

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