Architecture

5 tons of vintage wooden escalator warped into spectacular subway sculpture

The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
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The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
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Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
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The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
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Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
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The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
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The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
The Interloop sculpture under construction
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The Interloop sculpture under construction
The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
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The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
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Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
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The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
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Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
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The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet
The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
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The Interloop sculpture consists of 244 reclaimed wooden escalator treads
The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
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The Interloop sculpture, at Wynyard Station in Sydney
The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
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The Interloop sculpture at Sydney's Wynyard Station is 50 m (164 ft) long
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
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Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year

The commuters of inner Sydney rode them every day for eight decades, and although showing some signs of wear, the wooden escalators of Wynyard Station aren't done just yet. Repurposed as a twisting installation by local artist Chris Fox, the heritage timber structures now hang from the ceiling as spectacular heritage-inspired artwork.

Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year after their wide wooden treads claimed a few too many high heels, guide dog paws and even the odd skirt or two. It was one of only a handful of wooden escalators left in the world.

Fox salvaged some of the treads, 244 in total, and contorted them into a 50-meter-long (164 ft), five-ton-plus suspended sculpture. Called Interloop, he says the work is designed to pay homage to the past with its vintage timber while looking to the future with its funky design, all the while referencing the back-and-forth nature of commuting through its looping form.

Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year
Wynyard Station's four wooden escalators were first installed in 1931 and were finally replaced earlier this year

That's a nice touch for the folks of Sydney, with one of the city's busiest train stations now featuring an awesome tribute to an iconic slice of its transportation history. And we're sure it'll be a conversation starter for visitors too. Click through to the gallery to see Interloop from all angles.

Source: Chris Fox

3 comments
ljaques
Really cool. Love the old bronze Otis baseplates. I was totally in love with it up until they added the gaudy yellow highlights, which took it from classy classic into gaudy wannabe status. What a shame.
ErstO
Whats really interesting is there is nothing else around those escalators that looks like it was built in 1931
Johnr Roberts
They have utterly destroyed the character of the Wynyard Railway Station precinct, to the point where it is completely unrecognisable. The livelihoods of the little shopowners of Wynyard Ramp and the Hunter Connection - wiped out. Yet for all this extra capacity to take passengers, they have built no extra railway platforms! The one thing out of the past that needed to change, that had to change - hasn't! Thousands of people will still try to cram onto the four narrow-gutted platforms! What a waste of a billion dollars! And then, to cap it off, rather than try to RESTORE the York Street wooden escalator to give some semblance of the past, some 'historical committee' allowed its 5-ton entrails to be hung over unsuspecting travellers. What about public safety in the event of an earth tremor? PLEASE, if you are going to kill history, let the past quietly die. DON'T try to resurrect it in the name of being 'trendy'.