This year, contemporary powerhouse Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are presenting a new site-specific work that will be unveiled at the Fair. Commissioned by Bondor Australia, leaders in thermally efficient architectural building products, ‘Tower of Power’ is a neo-medieval tower rendered in slick, early third millennial, industrial vernacular. The resultant tower will be equally aesthetic as it is utilitarian.

Historically- art fairs, like biennials are an easy way to get a feel of the art world zeitgeist. Humans excel in generating patterns by interpreting available data. Pundits at art fairs put together information gleaned from individual booths, installations and talks to inform themselves and others about what is ‘So Hot Right Now’.

The neo-medieval tower both monitors and fosters the flow of information that occurs at Sydney Contemporary. Visitors are invited to climb the tower, giving them an elevated vantage point within Carriageworks. This offers them an architectural ‘god’s eye’ view to the ebb and flow of the fair.

The tower will also function as a mobile phone charging site. While attendees look over the art fair from above, they may also recharge the battery of their mobile phone. The combination of old school architectural observation strategies teamed with new school networked FoMo sensibilities illustrates the ongoing desire to keep our finger on the pulse in order to produce victorious outcomes!

Or maybe it’s just going to be a fun way to spy on your friends….

This project is made possible by innovative architectural solutions company and Official Partner, Bondor, who are pushing creative boundaries and collaborating with leading artists to realise their visions.


‘Healy and Cordeiro are artists who reclaim and transform the fallout of consumer society in their practice. Combining a playful sense of humour and an engagement with art historical precedents, their work is characterised by the deconstruction and reinvention of prefabricated structures and the assemblage of accumulated objects into extraordinary sculptures and installations.’ – Anna Davis, Claire Healy & Sean Cordeiro, MCA, Sydney.

The duo have exhibited in Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. They represented Australia at the 53rd Venice Biennale; the 5th Auckland Triennale and the first Setouchi Art Triennale. In 2018 they participated in the Australian Biennale Adelaide and unveiled their latest public commission ‘Cloud Nation’ for the City of Sydney. Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro are represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.

Photo Credit: Ryotaro Kobayashi

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