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Let the good times ROLL with new playful sculpture at Sydney Olympic Park

21 Mar 2021


Children playing on a hill with artwork roll 

Roll a ball and watch it weave and wind inside a maze of brightly coloured pipes in the latest interactive artwork to spark play at Sydney Olympic Park on display now.

The artwork Roll is a sculptural creation by artist Nadia Odlum inspired by watching the joy of children rolling down a hill at Jacaranda Square in Sydney Olympic Park. 

Children at top of hill as pipes wind down it and balls at the base of the artwork

“Children were already using gravity and motion in a fun way to interact with this space by simply rolling down the hill, so I decided to take this idea and quite literally roll with it,” shared Ms Odlum.

Nadia Odlum is known for her playful and immersive works that explore relationships with urban space, and her work is shown in galleries and public spaces around the world.  

“I am particularly interested in using art to create opportunities for play in public space as it gives people the chance to find joy and excitement and express curiosity,” said Nadia.

“Artwork can also spark chance meetings between people or change the way people perceive a place.”

The artwork is one of the creative outcomes from Sydney Olympic Park Authority’s Events and Activation Program, which provides seed funding for creative and inclusive ideas that bring life, colour and joy to the Park’s public spaces.

The bucket of balls is waiting, grab a drink or bite to eat from a local café and let the good times Roll. On display now at Jacaranda Square, Sydney Olympic Park and throughout the school holidays, until 18 April 2021.