It’s fair to say that motorway underpasses aren’t always the most beautiful of sites to behold. With that in mind, Sydney artist Warren Langley has decided to shed some light beneath the Western Distributor freeway in Sydney, literally.
His work, titled Aspire, consists of a glowing forest of trees, or cacti, that both transform the dark and un-imaginative space and improve public safety. At first glance it appears the cacti are physically holding the mass of freeway concert in place.
The artwork has been a collaborative community art project 10 years in the making. Members of the community were directly involved in developing the brief and selecting prominent public artists who had prepared concepts and tendered for the project.
The six final designs were placed on public exhibition in Ultimo for three months, with Aspire chosen by a selection panel, including members of the City's Public Art Advisory Panel.
Langley has achieved international recognition for his light and landscape installations worldwide. He created Aspire to match the scale of the site and to be visible by both pedestrians and traffic, with economic and ecological sustainability considered in the selection of materials and light sources.