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Artwork a tribute to Newcastle Flyer

It’s deemed a fitting tribute to The Station’s iconic space.

A new public artwork has been placed on permanent display at the former Newcastle Station.

Named The Flyer, the interactive installation is an interpretation of the Newcastle Flyer express steam train that ran between Newcastle and Sydney from 1929 until 1970.

It contains seating, ambient lighting and sound-based activities for children, families and rail enthusiasts to enjoy.

The Flyer was created by Artscape, which invested more than 500 hours into its design – a process that took more than 1,000 hours to fabricate and assemble.

The artist behind the project, David Cianci, said his team scoured transport records and spoke to people familiar with the Newcastle Flyer service for inspiration.

“We wanted to draw out the essence of the mighty 38 Class locomotive,” he said.
“I focused on the train’s iconic face and the pinstriped geometries that evoke flow and speed to recreate the experience of riding a train.
“As a city that grew from steel and steam, I knew from the outset that steel was the right media for our project.
“While our artwork weighs just under eight tonnes, it’s lightweight in comparison to the locomotive itself, which weighed more than 200 tonnes.

“It’s a fitting tribute to the city’s past, and I’m honoured to be the artist charged with creating it for the people of Newcastle to enjoy.”

The Flyer was bankrolled by the Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund, which provides at least $1 million annually under its lease agreement for community projects that improve amenity and community spaces around the port.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald, said it was terrific to see the celebration of Newcastle’s heritage delivered in such an iconic space.

He added the fund had supported exciting projects around Newcastle’s waterfront.

“Enhancements to public spaces, such as The Flyer, [are] helping to deliver on the government’s commitment to create vibrant places to enjoy in the CBD,” he said.

The Station is located on the corner of Watt and Scott streets.

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