Saturday, 21 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Lotus Pond

The Lotus Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens has no plants visible above the water in the middle of winter. The fountain in the centre is known as the Bird Bath Fountain, first installed before 1879 but replaced in 1987, due to damage. The pond looks very different in spring

Friday, 20 July 2018

Rodd Point, Iron Cove

Sunset over Iron Cove on the Parramatta River towards Rodd Point, viewed from Sensory Park in the inner west suburb of Lilyfield.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

York Street, Merchant Pacific House

Merchant Pacific House is a commercial building along York Street, opposite the Queen Victoria Building. The heritage listed former warehouse was designed by Spain, Cosh & Minett and built in 1915 in the Federation architectural style. It was previously known as Leitch House.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond, flowers

A display of winter flowers near the Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens, looking towards the Sydney skyline.

Botanic Gardens, Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

The perfectly manicured flower beds in the Royal Botanic Gardens around the replica of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909 and the Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Egyptian period is represented by "Queen Hatasu of Egypt" created by Countess Feodora Gleichen in 1906 and unveiled in 1907. It depicts Queen Hatasu, or Hatshepsut, giving directions for the construction of her famous avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes, from her temple, Deir-el-Bahari, to the bank of the Nile, and thence to the farther shore of the Temple of Karnak. The name "Raphael" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Millers Point, St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church and School

St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church and School is located along Kent Street, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. It was originally a single storey, two classroom stone building designed by Ambrose Hallen and Mortimer Lewis, built in 1835 in the Georgian architectural style. The sanctuary was added in the late 1860s in matching stone. The upper level was a dramatic change made in 1933, designed by Roarty & Roarty in the art deco style.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond

The view across Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a clear Winter day, towards the Venus Fountain statue in the Main Pond of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The original marble sculpture was erected before 1880 but had badly deteriorated and was replaced in 1994 by a copy cast in bronze.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Macquarie Street, The Astor

The Astor is a residential apartment building located on the corner of Macquarie Street and Phillip Lane. This heritage listed, thirteen storey building was designed by Esplin & Mould and constructed in 1923 in the Interwar Free Classical architectural style.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, PlantClinic

PlantClinic’ is a plant disease research laboratory, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was opened in 2017 and conducts research and scientific work on plant diseases that pose a significant threat to Australia. The buildings above are Sydney Tower, MLC CentreDeutsche Bank Place and Chifley Tower.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, sculpture

"Magnolia" is a sculpture created by Bronwyn Oliver in 1999, which sits in a garden bed in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The same artist also created another sculpture nearby in the gardens called "Palm".

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, bench

The Henry Kendall memorial seat is located near the Woolloomooloo Gate entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The art deco style seat of carved sandstone was commissioned by Mrs A. Hamilton-Grey and designed by Wilfred Rhodes in memory of the poet Henry Kendall. It features two winged horses, Pegasus from Greek mythology, which were carved by L. Bicego in 1939. The back of the seat has inscribed lines from Kendall's works: "All my days have been the days of a laborious life and ever on my struggling soul has burnt the fierce light of this hurried sphere."

Monday, 9 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909 and the Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Grecian period is represented by "Phryne before Praxiteles" created by Percival Ball at the Singer and Sons Foundry in England in 1900 and unveiled in 1903. Phryne was an ancient Greek courtesan and model shown before the sculptor Praxiteles from the fourth century BC. The name "Titian" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bronte, Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery overlooks the Pacific Ocean, in the eastern suburb of Bronte. The first interment took place here in 1877 and this heritage listed sandstone administration building along St. Thomas Street was built around 1880 in the Victorian architectural style. The building in summer can be seen here.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Millers Point, Towns Place North

A view of Towns Place North from Pier 8/9 Wharf on Walsh Bay, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. The two storey timber-framed weatherboard building was built in 1910 as a detached office building for the port facilities at the Walsh Bay wharves. The former warehouses along The Promenade have been converted to apartments with shops, restaurants and cafes.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Wolli Creek, railway station, sunset

A sunset view of silhouetted trees and overhead railway wires from the platform at Wolli Creek railway station.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Domain, NSW Police Wall of Remembrance

The NSW Police Wall of Remembrance is located in the Crescent Precinct of The Domain. It was erected in 1999 for New South Wales police officers who have lost their lives in the course of their duty. The front of the memorial with the list of police officers' names can be seen here. City buildings including Sydney Tower can be seen in the distance.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Waverley, reservoir

A side view of the heritage listed water reservoir which is located along Paul Street, in the eastern suburb of Waverley. Nicknamed "Stonehenge", Waverley Reservoir No.1 was completed in 1887 and was the last of four reservoirs built to augment the Botany Swamps Scheme. The other three reservoirs were Crown Street Reservoir in 1859, Paddington Reservoir in 1864 and Woollahra Reservoir in 1880.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Surry Hills, Commercial Bank building

The former Commercial Bank building is located between Flinders Street and Bourke Street at Taylor Square, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. It was built in 1910 and was previously home to the Taylor Square Hotel and once known as the T2 building.This building previously featured an artwork on its facade called "Always Was, Always Will Be" by Reko Rennie.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Redfern, art

This bronze triptych artwork is located in the grounds of St Vincents de Paul Catholic Church, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. It shares the thoughts of Father Ted Kennedy who tells the story of "Mum Shirl", Colleen Shirley Perry, a powerful advocate for Aboriginal rights and welfare. She assisted in establishing the Aboriginal Medical and Legal Service in Redfern in the 1970s, visited prisoners in prison, opened her home to help the addicted and homeless and helped raise over 60 children. Both Shirl and Ted are depicted in the artwork.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Rookwood, Eternal Rest Complex (Theme Day: Spirit)

The Eternal Rest Complex is a contemporary chapel located on the corner of Barnet Avenue and Haslem Drive, in Rookwood Cemetery in the western suburb of Rookwood. "Victory" is the sculpture of Jesus Christ created by Linda Karfeld and dedicated in 2004.

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Circular Quay, wharf and ferry

This ferry at Circular Quay ferry wharf is an Emerald class ferry operated by Sydney Ferries which entered service on Sydney Harbour in 2017. It is named Bungaree for an Aboriginal Australian from the Broken Bay area, who was known as an explorer, entertainer and community leader.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Park Regis City Centre Hotel, Victoria Towers

The Park Regis City Centre Hotel is located on the corner of Park Street and Castlereagh Street. It was built in 1968 and was once one of the tallest buildings in Sydney. I was only able to take a photo from this angle after buildings on the opposite corner were recently demolished to build a station for the new Sydney Metro railway line. Victoria Towers is the 38 storey apartment building on the left, located along Castlereagh Street, it was built in 1997 above the Castlereagh Club, formerly the Catholic Club.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Milsons Point, Luna Park, Coney Island

Coney Island is part of the Luna Park amusement park, in the north shore suburb of Milsons Point. Coney Island Funny Land is a heritage listed fun house designed by Rupert Brown, which opened in 1935. This art deco building features such classic amusements as the Turkey Trot, Barrel of Laughs, Giant Slides and the Wonky Walk

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Milsons Point, Luna Park, ferris wheel

This ferris wheel rises to 40 metres above the lights of Luna Park amusement park, in the north shore suburb of Milsons Point. Sitting close to the northern pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, it provides spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Botanic Gardens, Vivid Sydney, Parrot Party

"Parrot Party" is an artwork which features a cheerful flock of brightly coloured birds perched on staggered tiers in the Vista Pavilion in the Royal Botanic Garden, as part of the Vivid Sydney festival, which this year ran from 25 May to 16 June, 2018. It was created by Australian artist Zara Pasfield in collaboration with Christopher Daniel and Samuel Dessen. The parrots chatter, tweet, chirp and sing, sending out a warm and inviting welcome to all who enter the pavilion. The artists took inspiration from the Australian rainbow lorikeet and the native New Zealand kea parrot.  

Monday, 25 June 2018

The Rocks, Harrington Street, mural

This is one of four murals that have been painted on the underpass of the Cahill Expressway where it crosses Harrington Street, at The Rocks. The murals were created by Geoff Williams in 2011, depicting the city as it was in the past. This mural is of a photo taken in 1901 from where it is being painted. It features terrace houses which were demolished because of the bubonic plague.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Rookwood, Ukranian memorial

The Ukranian memorial is in Rookwood Necropolis, the largest multicultural cemetery in the southern hemisphere, in the western suburb of Rookwood.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney, Lighting The Sails

The Sydney Opera House was illuminated for the Vivid Sydney Festival, the festival of light, music and ideas, which ran from 25 May to 16 June, 2018. The theme of Lighting of the Sails, this year was Mathemagical created by Australian artist Jonathan Zawada.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Vivid Sydney

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is lit up for Vivid Sydney festival, which ran from 25 May to 16 June, 2018. Beams of light rise into the night sky from the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Luna Park, Vivid Sydney, The Night.Reimagined

"The Night.Reimagined" gave visitors the chance to turn their selfie into a personalised AR emoji projected on the iconic face at the entrance at Luna Park, in the north shore suburb of Milsons Point. It was part of the Vivid Sydney festival.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Botanic Gardens, Vivid Sydney, The Bower

"The Bower" is an artwork installed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, as part of the Vivid Sydney festival, which ran from 25 May to 16 June, 2018. It was created by Australian Ruth McDermott and Ben Baxter, supported by Xenian Lighting. It is inspired by one of the great builders of the natural world, the Australian male satin bower bird who creates impressive structures surrounded by blue objects with the sole aim of attracting a mate.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Botanic Gardens, Vivid Sydney, The Nautilus Forest

''The Nautilus Forest'' is an illuminated forest of spiralling trees installed in the Royal Botanic Gardens, as part of the Vivid Sydney festival. It was created by Australian Adrienn Lord from Mandylights in collaboration with Richard Neville and Nick Sheen from the UK. The Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge can be seen in the background.
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