Sydney Metro Northwest Spaces Public Art by Tim Harland

Very excited to finally be able to announce this particular project!

With the Sydney Metro Northwest opening today, I’m proud to tell you about my involvement in the public art that has been commissioned for stations along the new line. My work features the landscape of the abandoned Helensburgh station, just north of Wollongong. I captured the interior of the tunnel, emerging out into the light and the verdant overgrowth of the cutting, with a central glimpse of the same tunnel entrance, then down the opposite side of the cutting and back into the darkening tunnel. The finished work is 100m long, so it’s a little hard to see the full scale online.

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I’ve titled this work “Everything New Is Old Again” and can be seen at Cherrybrook station. I haven’t been to see it myself yet but will be posting more pictures once I do.

Huge thanks to Landcom and public art curator extraordinaire Amanda Sharrad for all the encouragement and support in achieving this project.

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Head On 2019 by Tim Harland

Was excited to be part of Head On Photo Festival again, and even more excited to be part of a group exhibition with my great mates from Untitled. Amazing range of work from such a talented group of people, and a real privilege to be part of the show.

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United Kingdom 2017 by Tim Harland

Dragon Teeth, Edinburgh Harbour

I travelled through the UK during June 2017, visiting England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland. Some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen are packed into those tiny islands, especially the west coast of Scotland. I came away from the trip (which also included jaunts to the Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands) with a whole swag of stitching projects, including long stretches of hedge and stone wall which I'm very excited about. 

Another stitchable I'm thrilled about is the image above. It shows "dragon's teeth" at Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. These are concrete pylons built as anti-boat & submarine defences during WWII, and they stretch for about a mile from the mainland to the island. I was lucky to be there at low tide but I only had a very short time to shoot them before I had to get to the airport. Also the sun was not my friend as it kept popping out from behind the clouds. But so far I'm very happy with the results, and I have about 4 more sections of this length to stitch together.

I'll be sharing more pictures from my UK, Ireland & Faroe trip soon.

Vanuatu and the volcano by Tim Harland

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Back in May 2017, I was lucky enough to travel to the Pacific nation of Vanuatu with my brother Chris. Its a beautiful place, made up of around 80 islands, but our goal was the volcano Mount Yasur, on the idyllic island of Tanna. We visited the volcano twice; firstly on the official, guided evening tour where you are driven by truck to the rim, and secondly when Chris & I climbed the cinder cone from the bottom to the smoking top. It is a humbling experience to say the least, to stand on the rim of an erupting volcano, feeling the mountain literally shake beneath your feet as lava erupts into the air, travelling far above your head in an explosion of sound and light. I shot a lot of photos, mainly long exposure to capture the dynamics of the eruptions. Also shot some anamorphic landscapes from the verandah of our accommodation, which was a bamboo hut less than 2kms from the volcano. One of the top 3 of my bucket list is now officially ticked off.

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Glacier in Sydney by Tim Harland

Late last year I was lucky enough to be chosen to be part of the Creative Sydney construction site hoarding project run by City of Sydney. Its a great project that's designed to bring colour and creativity to sites across the city. Recently my work " The Terminal Face of the Perito Moreno Glacier" was installed at Wentworth Park in Glebe. It looks fantastic and I love being able to bring some of the wild grandeur of Patagonia to inner city Sydney. You can read more about the project here.

I shot this work back in March 2016 at the eponymous glacier in Los Llaciares National Park in Argentina as we traversed the glacial lake via boat, and is made up of around 50 separate shots joined together. I did a hike across the ice around 5km up the glacier, with crystal blue lakes of meltwater on the surface, surrounded by snow covered mountains. Truly an awe inspiring experience.

Head on down to Wentworth Park in Glebe for a glimpse of Patagonia yourself!