This artwork was temporary and is no longer at this location

Artist
Artist: Rocket Mattler
Curator
Curator: Barbara Flynn
Date Installed
Installed 23 Sept 2010 - 31 Jan 2011
Location
Tank Stream Way, Sydney
Project
Project: Laneway/City spaces
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Artwork Description

For Rent was a temporary laneway artwork that comprised a giant full-scale photographic print of a typical Australian suburban house, complete with dog in the window and bicycle in the yard.

The print was fixed within a simple metal frame to a painted concrete wall in Tank Stream Way, at the junction with Bridge Lane. Set low on the wall, the image created the illusion that the viewer could step closer to the house, from real pavement to photographic road.

Close by on the wall a hand-written sign, in red paint on four rusty metal panels, read

ROOM FOR RENT

APPLY OPPOSITE

Mattler wrote of his work:

A basic human need is a secure place to live; a luxury to many inhabitants of the world.

My image represents a house from a time when life was seemingly less complex.

A house where memories remain of time passed.

A childhood lived within the confines and security of a solid, simple home.

The memory of a neighbourhood: and all those that pass by the front gate and beyond.

The installation of my signage ‘Room for rent, apply opposite’, questions the manner in which we inhabit our home environment.

A family home can be divided into a share-house for those of us willing to encounter, and live with the company of others.

Many houses throughout the inner city and surrounding suburbs have at some stage been share accommodation, or boarding houses.

Home is where we make it.”

ARTIST

LANEWAYS TEMPORARY ART PROGRAM 3 (2010) - ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME?

The Laneways Temporary Art Program was exhibited annually from 2008 to 2013.

It aimed to activate the laneways, inject new energy into urban life and stimulate creativity and innovation in the city.

Are you Looking at Me? ran from September 2010 to January 2011.

Curated by Barbara Flynn, it brought together the talent of nine of Australia’s most original artists.

Each artwork was designed to draw the attention of passers-by and get them to notice and appreciate Sydney’s hidden laneways in an entirely new way.

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