In 1997 Sally Gray and artist Ron Smith were invited to respond to the character and history of the site of Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Western Sydney; to develop a concept for a public art work. Researching the layered stories of the riverbank site, they focused on the early twentieth-century Pleasure Gardens, which predated the building of the 1950s coal-fired electricity generator. Inspired by the Australian vernacular style of the Pleasure Gardens’ structures and recycled tyres used as decorative planters on regional railway stations, they developed an assertive, welcoming scheme for the Casula Station adjoining the Arts Centre.
Courtney Kidd (1998) “Destination Casula Colossi”, Art and Australia, Vol 35 no 4 pp486-487
John McPhee (1998) “Casula Colossi is on the Right Track”, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 February, 1998 P14
Helen Musa (1998) “The Shape of Things to Come”, Panorama, Oct 17 1998 pp12-13
“Art, Urns. Style, the station of things to come”, Sydney Morning Herald, 18.2.98 Editorial image p 7