Australian artist Chris Fox has taken a wonderful piece of history from the Wynard Train Station in Sydney and reincorporated into the lives of commuters once again, albeit in a different form. When the wooden escalators were being replaced for newer models, Fox took the wood and recreated “Interloop“, an amazing swirling recreation of the original escalator and suspended it above the modern replacements so that riders could experience both the history and the future of the rail station.
First installed in 1931, the historic timber-escalators – which have served sydney’s commuters for over eight decades – held a sense of time, journeys, and travel before they were removed this year. Interloop resembles, in part, the original escalators: important for fox is creating an otherworldly space above people’s heads. The artwork explores the idea that people are stationary on an escalator whilst also travelling, allowing for a moment of pause that occurs mid-motion. The sculpture resonates with people in this state, referencing all those journeys that have passed and are now interlooping back.