Monday, 26 January 2015

The Rocks, mural

This mural is located on a building that is part of The Rocks Discovery Museum, along Kendall Lane at The Rocks. It features a timeline of images from this historic precinct of Sydney from the period prior to European Settlement to the present. Today is Australia Day which celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 to Port Jackson.
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Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sydney Festival, Waterfall Swing

The Waterfall Swing is a Sydney Festival attraction that has been installed below the Western Distributor flyovers at Darling Harbour. This intelligent swing playset creates a cascading curtain of water that opens just in time to allow the rider to pass through. This high-tech creation was produced by Dash 7 Design, a team of artists, designers and engineers.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Cockle Bay, cockatoo

This giant sculpture of a cockatoo head is located on a pontoon floating in Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour. It appears to be made of corrugated iron and is part of a stage which will be used for Australia Day celebrations this long weekend.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Sans Souci, St Finbar's Catholic Church

St Finbar's Catholic Church is located along Broughton Street, in the southern suburb of Sans Souci. Built in 1959, it is located next door to St Finbar's Catholic School and opposite the heritage listed former church and convent.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Hyde Park, Sydney Festival, milk bar

Sherri & Candy's Milk Bar is a pop-up refreshment shop in the Festival Village at the Sydney Festival in Hyde Park North. Built from a shipping container, it has been decked out in retro milk bar style, serving favourite milk bar and cafe treats. These include milkshakes, gelato, coffee, sundaes, ice cream sodas, slushies and waffles on a stick. It even has an old pinball machine which can be played.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Martin Place, fountains

These three bronze bowl fountains are located at the top of Martin Place, between Macquarie Street and Phillip Street. They represent the washrooms found at the rear of the Georgian houses in Sydney. They were placed at the rear of the houses, with water carried from the Tank Stream for use in the kitchen and washing clothes. The flowers and plants are part of the 'Living Colour' floral displays. The heritage North Wing of Sydney Hospital can be seen in the distance.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Sydney Mint Museum, Governor Lachlan Macquarie

This bronze sculpture of Governor Lachlan Macquarie stands in the garden of the Sydney Mint Museum, along Macquarie Street. It was created by John Dowie in 1973 and donated in 1998 for the forecourt of Parliament House. It was moved down the street to this location in 2011 when a new security gate house was built in front of Parliament House.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Hyde Park, Sydney Festival, Higher Ground

'Higher Ground' is an art installation for the Sydney Festival in Hyde Park North. It was created by Irish street artist Maser, inspired by the works of Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher and designed for people to play and photograph in and around. A bride and groom took the opportunity to have a few photos taken amongst the bright colours, shapes and stripes.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Land Titles Office

The Land Titles Office is located along Prince Albert Road, off Queens Square. This sandstone office building was designed by Walter Liberty Vernon and Edward Herbert Farmer and built in 1913 in the Neo-Gothic architectural style. 'Land and Property Information' is a state government department housed here which is responsible for the land title registry which defines the legal ownership and boundaries of land parcels throughout New South Wales.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Queen's Square, Living Colour

'Living Colour' is a summer extravaganza of floral displays around the city and inner city suburbs. These flowers and plants are located at Queen's Square, in front of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. The floral arrangements feature blue and white salvia, spearmint, purple sage and lavender, curly parsley and lettuce, purple, white and red petunias and red begonias.

Friday, 16 January 2015

York Street, Sydney skyline

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hyde Park, Sydney Festival

The colourful entrance to the Festival Village in Hyde Park for the Sydney Festival, an annual arts festival in January since 1977. The Famous Spiegeltent can be seen on the left, just inside the entrance, with the spires of St Marys Cathedral rising above in the background.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Circular Quay, ship, boats and ferries

This is peak cruise season and Circular Quay is very busy. The Carnival Spirit cruise ship is moored at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, in front of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, while the Magistic Cruises boat and Captain Cook Cruises boat depart for harbour cruises from Circular Quay wharves. The Pam Burridge is a HarbourCat Class ferry arriving at the wharf while First Fleet ferries are seen on Sydney Harbour departing or waiting for a vacant spot at the wharves. This view is from the walkway beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station, a bit further along from yesterday's photo.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Rocks, George Street

The Sydney Explorer bus travels along George Street at The Rocks, which is lined with heritage buildings along one side and the Museum of Contemporary Art behind First Fleet Park on the other side. This view, which is from the walkway beside Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay railway station, stretches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and across Circular Quay to the Sydney Opera House.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Ultimo, mosaic

"Seeds of the Future" is a large mosaic on the exterior of the International Grammar School building on Kelly Street in the inner city suburb of Ultimo Street. It was created by husband and wife team, Lloyd Kelemen and Jenny Crooke. It was installed in 1996 and represents a seed opening and the development of technology.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Hurlstone Park, Baptist Church

The Hurlstone Park Baptist Church is located on the corner of Griffith Street and Queen Street in the inner west suburb of Hurlstone Park. This heritage listed church built in 1933 is these days home to a Vietnamese congregation.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Farrer Place, trees and skyscrapers

These cabbage tree palms in Farrer Place, beside Bent Street, are trying to reach the incredible heights of nearby skyscrapers, Governor Macquarie Tower, Chifley Tower and 1 Bligh.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Anzac War Memorial

This is a detailed shot of the south western corner of the Anzac War Memorial, which stands in Hyde Park South. The building was designed by Bruce Dellit in the Art Deco architectural style and completed in 1934. The sculptures and bas-reliefs that adorn the building were created by Rayner Hoff, who also created the powerful "Sacrifice" sculpture inside. It was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I and is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Hyde Park Cafe

Hyde Park Cafe is located in the south western corner of Hyde Park, behind the main entrance of Museum Railway Station. The Downing Centre is the building behind it, diagonally across the Elizabeth Street and Liverpool Street intersection. This heritage building was originally known as 'The Piazza' and was the site of Mark Foy's department store, but now converted to court complex containing local courts, state government courts and the District Court of New South Wales.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Surry Hills, Harmony Park

Harmony Park is bounded by Brisbane Street, Hunt Street and Goulburn Street, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. This view is from Hunt Street with the former Mark Foys department store warehouse behind it and Sydney Tower in the distance between apartment blocks and office buildings located along Liverpool Street. By 1924 this area was a slum, so houses and the network of narrow streets were demolished by the municipal council. Plans to sell the land for warehouses failed when the Great Depression struck and most of the 7½ acres lay empty for decades. The state government bought the site in 1954, used it for a car park and later built the Sydney Police Centre and an electricity substation, to the east. The council bought this part of the site back and in 2006 opened Harmony Park, named in recognition of the area's history and cultural and social diversity.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Bronte, Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery overlooks the Pacific Ocean, in the eastern suburb of Bronte. The first interment took place here in 1877 and there are more than 50,000 gravesites and memorials over 40 acres. This heritage sandstone administration building along St. Thomas Street is built in the Victorian architectural style. The entrance to the cemetery can be seen here.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Erskineville, bench

This mosaic covered bench is located along Erskineville Road, outside the former town hall, in the inner city suburb of Erskineville. It features memories of the industrial and commercial history of the area such as the Eveleigh Railway Workshops, Metters Steel factory, Goodsell's Brickyards and the Rose of Australia Hotel.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

North Bondi, St Anne's Catholic Church

St Anne's Catholic Church is located on the corner of Mitchell Street and Blair Street, in the eastern suburb of North Bondi. This heritage listed church was built in 1934 in the Inter War architectural style with Gothic and Romanesque influences. Designed by architects Fowell and McConnel, it won the Sir John Sulman Medal.
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Saturday, 3 January 2015

Anzac War Memorial, Pool of Reflection

The Anzac War Memorial stands in Hyde Park South. This view is from the northern side, across the Pool of Reflection. The Art Deco building and pool wee built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War 1.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Anzac War Memorial

The Anzac War Memorial stands in Hyde Park South. This view is from the southern side near Liverpool Street. The building was designed by Bruce Dellit in the Art Deco architectural style and completed in 1934 with sculptures created by Rayner Hoff. It was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I and is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Circular Quay, boats

Circular Quay does become quite crowded at this time of year. The Carnival Spirit cruise ship was moored at the Overseas Passenger Terminal this week. The whale watching cruises that depart from the ferry wharves are very popular. The Hop On Hop Off Ferry and water taxis also stop here. Last night, the foreshore, especially between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera Housewas also crowded with people, who had come from all around Australia and the World to see the fireworks on Sydney Harbour. The New Year's Eve 2014 theme was "Inspire" with the colourful banners seen here along the foreshore also displayed around the city. Happy New Year.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Botanic Gardens, Lotus Pond

The Lotus Pond is linked to the Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The pond is almost completely covered in lotus or water lilies in spring, which will now bloom over summer. The fountain in the middle and the lamp to the right side are almost lost amongst the plants. The pond looks very different in autumn and winter.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Botanic Gardens, Herb Garden

Monday, 29 December 2014

Botanic Gardens, Wuganmagulya

"Wuganmagulya" is an artwork in the walkway along the shore of Farm Cove, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was created by indigenous artist Brenda L. Croft in 2000 and comprises terrazzo and stained concrete insets into the pathway depicting figures such as these sea creatures from Sydney rock carvings, some of which are now lost. Wuganmagulya is the Aboriginal name for Farm Cove.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Botanic Gardens, sundial

This sundial stands in the middle of the Herb Garden, in the Royal Botanic Garden. It is an armillary sphere sundial made of silicon bronze that weighs 1500kg and is 2.4m tall with a 1.5m internal ring diameter. It was designed by John Ward and Margaret Folkard in 1994 and features herbs modelled in clay in high relief by sculptor Karen Rumpf from drawings by Botanic Gardens’ illustrator Marion Westmacott.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Government House, fountain

Friday, 26 December 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, The Lights of Christmas

"The Lights of Christmas" was a light projection show on the façade of St Mary's Cathedral every night from 9th December until 25th December.This view of the illuminated façade is from Cathedral Square, beside Cook and Philip Park. This year's theme is "Service" and one of the animation series featured "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song which begins with a partridge in a pear tree.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, The Lights of Christmas

"The Lights of Christmas" is a light projection show on the façade of St Mary's Cathedral, every night from 9th December until tonight 25th December. This view is from Cathedral Square, beside Cook and Philip Park. "The Madonna and Child" series features painted images from the renaissance to modern day. Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Pitt Street Mall, The Lego Christmas Tree

The LEGO Christmas Tree is located in Pitt Street Mall outside Westfield Sydney Centrepoint shopping centre. The tree is constructed from LEGO bricks, has a koala up near the top and is surrounded by presents, toy soldiers, candy canes, a reindeer, a sleigh and a life-sized Santa with a surfboard because it's Summer in Australia.
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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Commercial Traveller’s Association Building, The Lights of Christmas

The Commercial Traveller’s Association Building is located at the MLC Centre, on the corner of Martin Place and Castlereagh Street. The facade of the building was featuring The Lights of Christmas, a light projection show from 8th December. It was interrupted last week by the nearby tragic siege in Martin Place. The area in front of this building has since become a memorial to the two victims with thousands of people leaving flowers and tributes.