From 17 November, a significant public artwork came to life on the façade of Westfield’s newly renovated Warringah Mall shopping centre in Brookvale, Sydney.

Melbourne-based artist Reko Rennie has weaved artistic elements and mediums together to build a narrative of nature’s beauty and intensity in his work, entitled ‘Signs of Rain’. The name was derived from the translation of the Australian Indigenous word ‘Warringah’ and pays homage to Rennie’s own Aboriginal heritage.

By day, ‘Signs of Rain’ is an energetic focal point for the shopping centre, with its geometric line work and bold colour palette. When dusk falls across the Northern Beaches, the work takes on an entirely different life when its carefully placed LED lights are illuminated, instantly becoming a vibrant placemaking initiative and impressive talking point.

Rennie’s installation was curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery, who were engaged by Scentre Group (Westfield Warringah Mall’s owners) to help merge the worlds of art and commerce by providing free and engaging arts initiatives for residents and visitors in public spaces.

Reko Rennie