MOTION-BLUR, a beacon and immersive gateway situated near the entrance of the ICTE building, enhancing this new landmark location for the Sportspark. MOTION-BLUR activates the pedestrian pathway along Olympic Boulevard, embracing the pathway on both sides with three structurally independent but overlapping structures. As such, a pedestrian approaching on foot will be oriented towards the entrance of the ICTE as they move through the three structures.
These structures work in two ways. When seen from a distance—on foot or by car—they create an orienting beacon that direct visitors to Blacktown International Sportspark toward the new ICTE building. When experienced from closer, by pedestrians approaching the building, the structure creates a sheltering passageway, one that both inspires a moment of pause and then of acceleration into the building complex and all that it offers.
The installation consists of three folded sails or screens supported by slender uprights. Each screen is comprised by a pattern of metal fins and a layer of metal mesh that both enhances the optical effect and addresses practical considerations of maintenance and up-close user interaction such as climbing. The three different sizes of the three screen structures— from 7.8 M at the very highest down to 4.3 M—mediate between the large scale of the Blacktown landscape and the personal scale of the human body. Echoing the trunk-and-leaf-canopy composition of the trees, the overall folded shape of each screen is like a large leaf.
The complex geometric patterns made by the fins are derived from the idea of the “perfect line” of good form that athletes in different sports seek to find: the form of a diver through the water, the form of a runner rising from the starting blocks or passing a baton, the form of a footballer’s practiced kick translating into the arc of a shot on goal. A visitor seeing these patterns may seek and find their own “perfect line,” and may experience a “muscle memory” of these positions in their own body; the lines indeed recall the striations, in toned and tuned tension and release of musculature.