Saturday, 1 October 2016

Surry Hills, warehouse (Theme Day: Abandoned)

The Griffith's Teas Building is an abandoned warehouse building in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. This heritage listed former warehouse is a triangular building along Wentworth Avenue and Commonwealth Street, meeting at Goulburn Street. It was designed by Kent, Budden and Greenwell and built in 1915 in the Federation architectural style for Griffith's Bros Pty Ltd, who were Tea, Coffee and Cocoa Merchants. It was owned by property moguls who had a portfolio of properties around Sydney which they planned to restore but lay abandoned or derelict for many years. They have set up a charitable foundation which has recently sold this building for redevelopment as apartments.
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Friday, 30 September 2016

Sydney Park, chimneys, sunset

The silhouettes of three of the old brickworks chimneys at Sydney Park, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria, against a fiery sunset. The same chimneys from a slightly different angle can be seen here.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Newtown, Court House Hotel

The Court House Hotel is located on the corner of Australia Street and Lennox Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. This heritage listed pub was originally built in 1860 with additions made in 1890 in the Victorian architectural style.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sydney Central Local Courthouse

Sydney Central Local Courthouse is located along Liverpool Street. This heritage listed building was designed by James Barnet and Walter Liberty Vernon and built in 1892 in the Federation Free Classical architectural style. It has previously been known as Central Police Courts, Court of Petty Sessions and Central Criminal and Local Court.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Haymarket, In Between Two Worlds

"In Between Two Worlds" is an art installation located in Chinatown at Haymarket. This artwork, created by artist Jason Wing, explores themes of heaven and earth featuring painted wall murals, etched granite floor murals and 30 suspended illuminated spirit figures. This view is from Little Hay Street, looking down Kimber Lane towards Market City.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hyde Park, Oddfellows Memorial

The Oddfellows Memorial is located in the south-west corner of Hyde Park North, on the corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets. The foundation was erected in memory of the members of the Oddfellows Society who enlisted in World War 1. The Oddfellows movement began in 18th century Britain as a social club, but was reorganised in 1810 into friendly societies, insurance and lending organisations. This memorial drinking fountain consisting of a pink granite and sandstone monolith obelisk set on a stepped sandstone base was created in 1921 by Samuel Lipson.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Hyde Park, John Baptist Fountain

The John Baptist Fountain near Sandringham Gardens in Hyde Park along Park Street. It was originally located at the Baptist Gardens, which is now Redfern Park and contains another Baptist Fountain in Redfern. The site featured market gardens, a nursery and pleasure gardens which attracted visitors in the days before public parks. This fountain was installed there in the 1860s and later donated to the trustees of Hyde Park in 1888. It was removed during construction of the underground railway in 1920 but restored and returned in 2012 as a working fountain. I've captured it here on a day when it wasn't running.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Showground, Main Arena

These light towers are at the Main Arena of Sydney Showground, in the western suburb of Homebush Bay. This stadium, which was used during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, is now the showring for the Royal Agricultural Society during the annual Royal Easter Show. It's been sixteen years since the Sydney Olympic Games this month.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Sydney Olympic Park, Sports Centre

The Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, formerly the State Sports Centre, is located at Sydney Olympic Park, in the western Sydney suburb of Homebush Bay. It was known as the Basketball Centre during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was the home to the West Sydney Razorbacks, an Australian professional basketball team and the Sydney Swifts, an Australian netball team. The Razorbacks disbanded and the Swifts merged with another team, so these billboards are heritage items now. Almost difficult to believe that it's as already been sixteen years this month since the Olympics were in Sydney.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens, barrangal dyara (skin and bones)

This view of the Royal Botanic Gardens includes "barrangal dyara" (skin and bones), a sculptural installation by artist Jonathan Jones. The project recalls the 19th century Garden Palace building, which stood here before it was devastatingly burnt to the ground, along with countless Aboriginal objects that had been collected. It is a response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. The thousands of bleached white shields echo the masses of rubble, the only remnants of the Garden Palace after the fire.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain

The Archibald Fountain is an art deco style fountain in Hyde Park, near College Street, designed by French artist Francois Sicard and unveiled on 14 March 1932. The fountain is named after J.F. Archibald, owner and editor of The Bulletin, a newspaper which later became a magazine that encouraged writers to write about Australia. He bequeathed funds to build it to commemorate the association of Australia and France in World War I. The fountain features mythological characters of ancient Greece. The central pedestal features a bronze sculpture of Apollo with the fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind it, representing the rising sun. There are three granite plinths radiating from the central pedestal featuring the following bronze sculptures: Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, wild animals and fertility depicted here with a bow, a deer and hunting dogs. Jason with the Golden Fleece and the good things of the earth. Theseus slaying the Minotaur which represents the sacrifice for the good of humanity. The large basin is decorated with six tortoises which throw jets of water.
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the first photo I posted on this blog which was also a photo of this fountain which can be seen here. To celebrate, I returned yesterday for another look at the fountain; this time with St Mary's Cathedral as a backdrop.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Martin Place, mural

This mural has recently been painted on the wall of the MLC Centre, near one of the Martin Place entrances. The artwork is of ‘Fighting’ Father Dave Smith, a professional boxer, black belt and parish priest who uses boxing to help troubled youth in Sydney. It was created by artist Luke Cornish, also known as E.L.K, who has been boxing with Father Smith and has developed a strong bond with him. It is part of the ANZ Street Art Project series, where four murals have transformed unused walls around the city. 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Ashfield, St John the Baptist Anglican Church, war memorial

This war memorial stands on the grounds of St John the Baptist Anglican Church along Alt Street, in the inner west suburb of Ashfield. The church was built in 1843 with a bell tower and entrance added in 1901. The cenotaph dedication reads: In everlasting tribute to those parishioners of St. John's Church of England Ashfield who served in the fighting forces of Australia during the 2nd World War 1939 - 1945.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street

This view across Hyde Park towards Elizabeth Street. The buildings along the street include the heritage listed St. James Building and the Sheraton On The Park Hotel, while the buildings behind are the Citibank Tower, the Stockland Piccadilly Complex, the ANZ Bank Centre and Sydney Tower.
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Friday, 16 September 2016

Sydney Tower

This view of Sydney Tower, rising above the Sheraton Hotel and the J.P. Morgan office building, is from Hyde Park North. Sydney Tower was completed in 1981 and is still Sydney's tallest structure standing at 309 metres tall. The observation deck and revolving restaurant at the top stand above Westfield Sydney shopping centre, previously known as Centrepoint.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

McMahons Point, Sydney Harbour Bridge

This ferry makes its way across Lavender Bay towards the MacMahons Point ferry wharf, viewed from a private wharf in the north shore suburb of McMahons Point. The Alexander is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1985 and is part of the fleet that operates on the Inner Harbour. It was named The Alexander, after the one of eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House provide an iconic backdrop.

I'm going on holidays for the next few weeks so I'll be taking a break from posting until mid-September.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo" is a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. "The Grove" was created by Margarita Sampson in 2014 and originally displayed at Marks Park in Tamaramaas part of "Sculpture by the Sea". The two pieces in this work are part of series exploring our vanishing relationship with nature, shelter and community. Each work resembles a pod, fruit, dwelling or tree with branches and antlers extending from the top.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Barangaroo, water pumping station

This former water pumping station is located near the Towns Place entrance of Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. This sewage pumping station was decommissioned during the building of the headland park. The building was moved 100 metres, restored and redeveloped as a toilet block.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo" is a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. "One Journey Ends: another begins...?" was created by Sally Kidall and has Sydney Harbour as a backdrop. Sitting under a transparent nylon fabric tent is a simple bamboo boat with two large oars. Lined with growing grass, it carries a cargo of plastic bags filled with water. The fact that the grass may grow – or die – during the exhibition is key to the artwork’s concept and speaks to the troubled world we live in.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo" is a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. "Harlequin Shuttle" was created by Ken Unsworth in 2014 and was originally displayed as part of "Sculpture by the Sea" an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition at Bondi and Tamarama. This 8-metre tall work stands among the plants and trees along Wululugul Walk near Munns Slipway.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Barangaroo Reserve, Harbour Control Tower

The beginning of the end of the Sydney Ports Harbour Control Tower at Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. The tower was once used by the Sydney Harbour port facilities before they were moved to Port Botany. The former container terminal has been transformed into a foreshore park, with a naturalistic rocky outcrop and landscaped with native trees and shrubs. The tower is being demolished after it was decided that it did not have any heritage value.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo" is a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. "Horizon" was created by Lucy Humphrey in 2013 and was originally displayed on a cliff at Tamarama as part of "Sculpture by the Sea", an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. This two-tonne acrylic sphere, filled with 1800 litres of water, reflects the images of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, upside down. More art work can be seen in my previous two posts.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo", a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. The four-metre high window has been installed looking out towards Munn's Slipway and Darling Harbour and the nearby stove has been built around a fig tree. They are part of an art installation called "Empirical View" created by Marcus Tatton acknowledging the site’s history.
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo", a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. This seven metre high firewood chimney has been installed in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. It is part of an art installation called "Empirical View" created by Marcus Tatton for "Sculpture at Barangaroo", acknowledging the site’s history.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Arncliffe, tunnel mural

This is part of a mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel which opened last week, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. Students at the nearby Al Zahra College provided drawings centred on the school's vision and purpose, which the artist used to create this mural.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Hurstville, Church of Christ

Friday, 5 August 2016

Blackwattle Bay, Anzac Bridge

Sunset view across Blackwattle Bay towards the Anzac Bridge, apartments in Pyrmont and the Sydney skyline from Blackwattle Bay Park, in the inner city suburb of Glebe.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Cabarita, monument

The William Beach monument is located in Cabarita Park, near Cabarita ferry wharf, in the inner west suburb of Cabarita. It commemorates world champion sculler William Beach who was unbeaten as World Sculling Champion from 1884 to 1887.

Rose Bay, war memorial

The Rose Bay war memorial is located in Lyne Park in the eastern suburb of Rose Bay. The war memorial was dedicated on 21st April 1935 but commemorates World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War and Vietnam War. In front of the memorial is a gate which came from an old mansion called Colebrook, which was located in the nearby suburb of Double Bay.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rose Bay

A young lady is preoccupied with her mobile phone and missing the spectacular view across the bay, from the walkway along the foreshore in the eastern suburb of Rose Bay. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Cockatoo Island, cranes

Cockatoo Island is the largest island in Sydney Harbour. From 1839 it was a penal establishment with prison barracks, a military guardhouse and official residences built by convicts. The island was used for ship repair and shipbuilding activities after the first dry dock was completed by convicts in 1857. It became Australia's biggest shipbuilding and dockyard facility in the 20th century until maritime industrial activity ceased in 1992. These days, Cockatoo Island is a tourist attraction and a cultural events venue for art exhibitions and music festivals.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sydney skyline (Theme Day: My City's Skyline)

This view of Barangaroo and the Sydney skyline was taken before the urban renewal project began along the foreshore of Darling Harbour. The new parklands, commercial and residential buildings, which are still under construction, have now altered this skyline considerably. 

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Hurstville, St Giles Presbyterian Church

St Giles Presbyterian Church is located on the corner of Park Road and MacMahon Street, in the southern suburb of Hurstville. This heritage listed church was built in 1955 in the Post-war Ecclesiastical architectural style.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Cockle Bay, Sydney Boat Show

Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour is currently looking very crowded with all these boats on display for the Sydney International Boat Show, which is being held from 28 July to 1 August 2016. This year the event has expanded to Glebe Island with a free ferry service operating between the two locations.

Friday, 29 July 2016

Arncliffe, houses

"Gladstone and Wentworth" are located along Forest Road, in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. These heritage listed semi detached terrace houses were built in 1886 in the Victorian architectural style. These terraces have been repainted in recent years using a different colour scheme but I prefer this former colour scheme.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Arncliffe, railway station

Arncliffe railway station is on the Illawarra railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. This photo from Platform 1 and 2 towards the ticket office and entrance is historical now, since work began recently to upgrade the station. Lifts are being installed, as well as shelters along the platforms, new stairs, benches, bins and signs.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Seaforth, Middle Harbour

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Arncliffe, house

"Glenwood" is located along Eden Street in the southern suburb of Arncliffe, This heritage listed villa was built in 1889 in the Victorian Filigree architectural style and has been restored.

Monday, 25 July 2016

Erskineville, art

This former industrial building is located on the corner of Roachford Street and Knight Street, in the inner city suburb of Erskineville. It is one of the buildings in this street which is home to Commune Studios, a co-working space for creative industry freelancers, small businesses and entrepreneurs. It is a collective of creatives from many fields – design, photography, film, journalism, public relations, events – all working under one roof. The roller door features artwork which is constantly updated and this unusual mural has since been replaced by another mural.