Artists: mcdermottbaxter: Ruth McDermott (Australia) / Ben Baxter (Australia) Spectral House reflects the architectural history of The Rocks...

Spectral House


Playfair St
2000 NSW

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Ruth McDermott (Australia) / Ben Baxter (Australia) 

Spectral House reflects the architectural history of The Rocks by creating an imaginary and abstracted  'house' complete with old-style rounded windows, a cast-iron balcony, ornate gates, decorative architectural details and traditional masonry. 

The spectre of the past is present in every street and building in The Rocks, and its narrow crooked streets and antique buildings have often been likened to those of old London. Although the ghostly house created by this hi-tech art-work has never existed, its many architectural details are authentic to the place and the period.

A city is made by its layers of history and the artists, mcdermottbaxter have layered the details together so the 'house' is there as a spectral, indistinct presence; the seeming fragility of this soft installation contrasting with the hard textures of the surrounding environments. 

Countries represented by installation: Australia 

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.
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