Eamonn Madden, Group Managing Director at Partridge and member of Engineers Australia, Sydney Division will give a short talk on engineering art, providing attendees with a balanced historical perspective of the development of engineering alongside art.
“You can go right back to Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, these guys had an understanding of physical things that actually worked. You can’t build a sculpture if it doesn’t stand up, so they had an inherent understanding of engineering. Engineering art is not new. It surprises me that people don’t see that both are linked and complementary, after all, engineering is as much art as science,” said Mr Madden.
The Engineering Art Talk and Walk is one of a series of events hosted by Engineers Australia, Sydney Division for the national Australian Engineering Week 2013.
The self-guided walk will include four current permanent art works around Sydney city which Partridge engineered:
- Halo – Winner of the Engineering Excellence Award Sydney 2012 President’s Award and Highly Commended in both Project Management and Small Business Venture categories. This major Sydney art installation constructed in July 2012 is a large circular carbon fibre ring, 12 metres in diameter and suspended eccentrically on a 13m high steel pole at a pivot joint that allows the ring to gently turn, tip and rock with only the force of the wind.
- Artist in Residence – Artist in Residence is an exciting temporary arts project conceived to enliven the heritage listed Irving Street Brewery Building at Central Park during the long period of construction for the new Frasers Developments project One Central Park.
- Forgotten Songs – A City of Sydney initiative, the concept was originally installed as part of the ‘Art and About’ live lanes program. The installation includes 186 bird cages suspended on a system of cables above Angel Place. The cages house a sound system which plays the calls of birds which would have inhabited the Sydney CBD prior to the arrival of the first fleet.
- Windlines – The Windlines sculpture comprises a quill which is free to rotate as a weathervane atop a vertical mast. The quill has been balanced about the support spindle by using a solid “nib” and additional lead ballast.
Australian Engineering Week 2013 will be held on the 4 – 11 August, with the Art Talk and Walk Program set for Saturday 10 August at 11:00am at UTS Broadway Building 2, 15 Broadway, Level 5, Room 32, Broadway, NSW. The event is free and to register simply email your full name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this event, please visit the website.