Artist: Peter Thompson and Reuben Young

Tidal charts Sydney’s evolution from before First Contact to the present day; it creates a narrative of sound and light that weaves above the city streets and captures the tides of change that have so relentlessly transformed the city.

The 3D installation draws on real-time tidal data and sampling audio to present scenarios that range from the hustle and bustle of Circular Quay, to the beauty and nature of Bradley’s Head; woven throughout are stories of the city’s landscape, history and architecture.

Participants are immersed in stories of the Dreamtime, the arrival of the first settlers and the rise of the wool trade and the warehouses and bond stores that used to line the harbour. As the narrative moves forward in time it tells of the construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.

Shifting to the present-day the story focuses on the Quay Quarter development which is currently transforming the areas bordering Bridge, Alfred, Young and Loftus Streets, linking Sydney’s harbour to its financial district and bringing new light, energy and experiences to the precinct.


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Loftus Lane, Sydney NSW 2000