Aqueous space is contained, ‘tanked’ behind the heritage department store display windows of the Museum Station pedestrian tunnel beneath Sydney’s Downing Centre Law Courts. The work also acknowledges the nearby presence of the Tank Stream, running under Sydney’s busy streets.

A slowly circling fluid motion, reminiscent of light refracting and reflecting at the bottom of a pool, illuminates the vertical glass surface. The meditative and amorphous fluidity keeps pace with the flow of pedestrians.

The water windows line the north side of the 35-metre tunnel. Four smaller display cabinets on the opposite southern wall fuse illuminated text and images relating to Sydney’s colonial underground water networks and excerpts from early legal cases regarding subterranean waters.

The Downing Centre Tunnel (Mark Foys Building), Museum Station Tunnel, Sydney
Rear projection screen, mirrors, lights
North side: 35 metres long x 4 metres high. South Side: 4 display windows, 2.5 x1 metres and 4 reflection windows, 3 x 4 metres
The Attorney General’s Department, NSW, Australia

1999 Arup Award for Art in the Built Environment, NAWIC


Peddle Thorp & Walker Architects

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