Fig Grove - Public Art

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Celebrating water at the high point central to the site, the Fig Grove fountain is composed of 3 metre high jets of water, arcing over pathways that continue the paving patterning
of Olympic Plaza through the site. These 25 metre long tunnels of water pulse into the grove and symbolically tie the beginning of the Plaza to its end at Haslam’s Creek to the north.

10 mature figs, relics of the site’s historic abattoir past, have been transplanted here imbuing the grove with a strong sense of place at the heart of Sydney Olympic Park.

There are 2 separate water features included in Fig Grove. They are referred to as the Fig Grove higher and lower water features. Each has a similar design system but are vertically separated by a height of 1 m. Each water feature comprises an inclined triangular plane that is finished with a special pattern of stone that is designed to create a specific water flow pattern, referred to as the cascade flow. Each feature also includes a tunnel formed by the water jets that arc over the floating walkway.

Engraved into the granite steps at Fig Grove is a prose poem entitled Relay. The poem refers to four points in Olympic history.

Location: Near the intersection of Dawn Fraser Avenue and Olympic Boulevard
Artist/Designer: Hargreaves Associates

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