Sydney, NSW, Australia
ARTIST Dani Marti
ARTWORK Baroque Minimalism
CLIENT Westfield (Sydney)
ARCHITECT John Wardle Architects
CURATORIAL UAP Studio, Jodie Cox
DESIGN UAP Studio, Elishia Whitchurch
CONSTRUCTION UAP Workshop
Dani Marti has conceived an integrated façade artwork for Westfield Centrepoint in Sydney. The artwork is located at the main entrance on Market Street, and forms part of a masterplanned curatorial program activating key areas of the mall.
Marti, a Spanish-Australian sculptor, predominantly works in soft materials, skillfully manipulating thick ropes and weaving them into rhythmic patterns that appear as oversized fabric swatches.
The Centrepoint façade achieves this woven aesthetic with panels of cast glass-reinforced concrete. Marti creates a visual play between form and material, pushing the viewer’s perception as the concrete appears to warp and weave in flowing patterns across the surface.
A unique feature in the revitalised streetscape, the intriguing, tactile façade invites exploration and touch.
Dani Marti, a Spanish-Australian sculptor, is most recognized for his tactile abstract sculptural reliefs. The artist’s process is driven by the symbology of everyday industrial material such as rope which he then skilfully manipulates into a rhythmic woven geometric pattern.
Among Marti’s most recent woven commissions are Ed Filipowski-Mark Lee, untitled, New York (2007) and Nunez Martin Collection, Infanta Margarita (European Monarchs), Canary Islands, Spain (2006).