Schenker Australia is proud to be involved as a partner as well as the global transportation provider for the amazing artistic experience of “Nomanslanding.”
This extraordinary large scale public artwork production has premiered in Cockle Bay, Sydney’s Darling Harbor precinct as part of the ANZAC Centenary commemoration during 2 April – 30 May, and will then continue overseas, to feature in two international arts festivals in Duisburg Ruhrort, Germany and then to Glasgow, Scotland.
The Nomanslanding production is the creation of an urban arts intervention that explores how Sydney, Duisburg Ruhrort and Glasgow unique connect with their waterways, and remembering at the same time the ties of each place to the history of World War 1.
Darling Harbor in Sydney NSW played an important role as a key loading port in the First World War, Duisburg Ruhrort in Germany had significant ties to the Industrial Revolution and the river Clyde that runs through the center of Glasgow was the ship building center of the British Empire.
The “Nomanslanding” production will take visitors on a poetic interpretation of a soldier’s experience during wartime. Visitors will be prepared for departure, then invited to traverse the pontoon bridge across Cockle Bay and step into one half of an open dome. The two halves of the dome slowly unite across the water to create a dark, chapel like space for contemplation. War time whispers sound and song fills this space. Confrontation and conflict, fighting and falling – time slows and life speeds past here in no man’s land. Once a place of fear and destruction now re-imagined. Crossing over to the other side completes the Nomanslanding journey.
Moira Hay, Director Events and Visitor Experience, Sydney Harbor Foreshore Authority said:
“DB Schenker’s through knowledge of shipping and customs processes coupled with their attention to detail and can-do attitude were instrumental in guiding us through the shipping process. When one of our suppliers fell through and our freight timelines collapsed, the team at DB Schenker in Australia came into their own providing us with the right advice, using their expert knowledge and contacts so that our equipment arrived on time. Large scale public events can be challenging, particularly with their non-negotiable deadlines. DB Schenker in Australia rose to the challenge and delivered in spades – they were a pleasure to work with in delivering Nomanslanding into Darling Harbor.”
Sabine Schlosser, Schenker AU / NZ Manager for Arts and Special Events said:
“The entire production for Nomanslanding represented movement of almost 26 tonnes of equipment consisting of the Dome segment, Pontoons and Rubber bladders, Aluminium Trusses, Decking, Walkway, Handrails and Perimeter fencing. The time frames were extraordinarily tight leaving no room for error; however our team coordination ensured that the production was ready in time for the premier opening. At DB Schenker, we are proud to be connected to such an amazing production and taking it further across the world. And we hope that many visitors from all different walks of life will experience this very special artwork.”