Sunday, 31 October 2010

Pyrmont Bridge, Global Illumination

The Pyrmont Bridge has been illuminated in pink during the month of October for the National Breast Cancer Foundation to support breast cancer research. The Global Illumination campaign puts the spotlight on breast cancer awareness by illuminating buildings, monuments and landmarks around the world. This was the first time that the bridge was illuminated in colour, in keeping with this year's theme 'Bridging the Gap in Breast Cancer Research'.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Pyrmont Bridge, Harbourside monorail station

The Harbourside monorail station at Darling Harbour is located beside this pylon and lamp of Pyrmont Bridge. The Sydney monorail connects the city with Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Sydney Tower is reflected in the glass of the monorail station.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Dolls Point, Cook Park

These Norfolk Island Pines are located on the edge of Cook Park, overlooking Lady Robinsons Beach, in the southern suburb of Dolls Point. The clouds were rolling in from Botany Bay to threaten the sunny day.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Brighton-Le-Sands

This view from Lady Robinsons Beach in the southern suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands is dominated by the row of Norfolk Island Pines in Cook Park. The Novotel Hotel on The Grand Parade dominates the skyline in the suburb from other angles. I've featured many photos from around this area but usually looking out towards Botany Bay. This time I'm showing the view back from the bay. If you look closely in the park, on the left, you can see the sculpture of an olympian that I use as my avatar or profile photo.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Lugarno, Georges River

This boardwalk along the Georges River is located in the southern suburb of Lugarno, close to the marina. The houses in the distance, on the opposite shore of the river, are at Illawong.
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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Prince Alfred Park, Oh Alfred!

Prince Alfred Park is a park in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills which is currently being reconstructed. A new children's playground, tennis and basketball courts have opened but the new swimming pool is still to be completed. The 'Oh Alfred! Reflections of Prince Alfred Park' was an art project that was part of the Art and About Sydney festival. The Surry Hills community of residents and school children worked with artists to turn the fences around the construction area into artwork.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Prince Alfred Park, Oh Alfred!

Prince Alfred Park is a park in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills which is currently being redeveloped. The hoardings around the development site have been decorated with artwork by artists and the community. It is part of the Art and About Sydney festival, in a project titled 'Oh Alfred! Reflections of Prince Alfred Park'. This sculpture by John Doe and Lachlan McGuiness celebrates the power of wind as a source of energy and is inspired by new environmental initiatives being installed in the park.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Oatley, baths

This view of the Oatley Park Baths and the Georges River is from Sandy Beach on Oatley Bay. The baths were originally constructed in 1909 and are still utilised by the Oatley Amateur Swimming Club which was established in 1927. The pontoon is an ideal resting spot in the middle of the netted area. In the distance, a train crosses the Como Bridge linking the southern suburbs of Oatley and Como.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

De Mestre Place, Warriors

Warriors by Jan van der Ploeg is displayed on a large billboard on the northern wall of De Mestre Place, off George Street. Maybe not one of the most exciting artworks shown in 'Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art' during the Art and About Sydney festival, but it did make the concrete wall look a lot more interesting than usual. The graphic black and white patterns also worked well with the all the lines reflected in the windows above.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Shakespeare Memorial, Sydney Statues: Project!

The Shakespeare Memorial stands at Shakespeare Place between the on and off ramps of the Cahill Expressway. It is close to the State Library, Morsehead Fountain and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The memorial to poet and playwright William Shakespeare features some of his more famous characters of literature. The bronze statues have been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival. A photo of this monument at other times can be seen here.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Captain Cook, Sydney Statues: Project!

This bronze sculpture in Hyde Park is of Captain James Cook, the English explorer who was the first European to navigate and map the eastern coastline of Australia. The sculpture has been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival. A photo of this statue at other times can be seen here.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Il Porcellino, Sydney Statues: Project!

Il Porcellino is a bronze sculpture and fountain which sits outside the historic Sydney Hospital, in Macquarie Street. It has been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival. The original Il Porcellino is on display in the Museo Bardini in Florence, Italy. This copy was presented to the hospital in 1968 by the Marchessa Clarissa Torrigiani in memory of her father and brother, both renowned surgeons at the hospital. The legend of rubbing the snout of Il Porcellino for good luck, provides a polished sheen.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Hyde Park, Sydney Life Gallery

Sydney Life is a photographic exhibition, which is part of the Art & About Sydney festival. There were 500 entries in Sydney Life, which show the many sides of the city of Sydney. These large scale images of the 22 finalists are currently being displayed on canvas in the leafy central walkway in Hyde Park.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Martin Place, The Bike Bike

The 'Bike Bike' is a temporary sculpture by Alisdair Nicol in Martin Place, near Macquarie Street. The sculpture is a 12 metre high Penny Farthing bicycle constructed from used and recycled bicycles, in such a way that they can be reused after the installation period. It challenges us to think about transport and the implications for our environment. This work is part of the Art & About Sydney festival which runs from 23 September until 24 October 2010.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Queen's Square, Sydney Statues: Project!

The bronze sculpture of Queen Victoria stands in Queen Square, while the bronze sculpture of Prince Albert stands on the opposite side of Macquarie Street. Both of these sculptures have been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival. Photos of these statues at other times can be seen here and here.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Queen Victoria, Sydney Statues: Project!

This bronze sculpture of Queen Victoria stands outside the Queen Victoria Building, on the corner of George Street and Druitt Street. The statue has been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival.

Friday, 15 October 2010

King Edward VII, Sydney Statues: Project!

This bronze sculpture of King Edward VII on horseback stands on a traffic island at the intersection of Conservatorium Road and Macquarie Street. It is close to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The statue has been dressed up for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival. A photo of the statue at other times can be seen here.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

William Bede Dalley, Sydney Statues: Project!

This bronze statue of William Bede Dalley, a politician and barrister, stands in Hyde Park. A number of the city's statues have been dressed up and decorated for the Sydney Statues: Project! as part of the Art & About Sydney festival which is running from 23 September to 24 October 2010. Several emerging and established artists, textile artists, fashion and costume designers have been involved to creatively enhance these historical statues. A photo of the statue at other times can be seen here.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Sydney Wharf, Sydney skyline

Sydney Wharf and the Sydney skyline viewed from Pyrmont Bay. The warehouses on the wharf, which were once part of Sydney's port facilities, have been converted to flats, restaurants and a marina on the bay. A ferry can be seen leaving Darling Harbour, close to King Street Wharf. The Macquarie Bank building that I featured yesterday is in the background and the MLC Centre and Sydney Tower are the tall buildings, further in the distance.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

No.1 Shelley Street

No.1 Shelley Street is an 11 storey office building in the King Street Wharf precinct, completed in 2009. The diagonal steel structural system that sits beyond the building's glass façade is a 'diagrid', which removes the need for perimeter columns and maximises fit-out design flexibility. The unique design of this building, occupied by Macquarie Bank, has created a dynamic addition to the Sydney skyline.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Shelley Street, art

This curious public artwork sits on the corner of Shelley Street and Lime Street, near King Street Wharf. These large vessels are actually sculptured ventilation shafts for the underground car park and the bus interchange in the Macquarie Bank office building.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

La Perouse, monument

The eastern suburb of La Perouse, on the northern headland of Botany Bay, was named after the French navigator Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741-88). His expedition landed in the bay in January 1788, a few days after the First Fleet of convicts arrived from Britain to establish a colony in Australia. King Louis XVI of France had commissioned Lapérouse to explore the Pacific on a scientific voyage, inspired by the voyages of Captain James Cook. The Laperouse Monument is an obelisk built by the French in 1825 in what is now the Botany Bay National Park, overlooking Frenchmans Bay.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

La Perouse, tower

The La Perouse peninsula is the northern headland of Botany Bay. La Perouse Tower, which stands in the Botany Bay National Park, was the oldest building in the area. It is a sandstone tower constructed in 1820-22 as part of the accommodation for a small guard of soldiers that were stationed here to prevent smugglers from entering Botany Bay. The watchtower stayed in use until 1904.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

King Street Wharf, Sydney skyline

This view of King Street Wharf at Darling Harbour with the Sydney skyline in the background is from Sydney Wharf at Pyrmont.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Darling Harbour, The SubWharfyen

The SubWharfyen is a sculpture located on the end of piers 8 & 9 of Sydney Wharf, on Darling Harbour at Pyrmont. This stainless steel sculpture, created by Braddon Snape in 2008, depicts the relationship between people and the sea. Barangaroo, is the area on the opposite side of Darling Harbour that is currently under construction, on the foreshore of the Sydney Central Business District.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Bridge Lane, Rush

Bridge Lane features a couple of artworks from 'Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art' which is part of Art and About Sydney festival. 'Rush' by Nike Savvas, features thousands of multi-coloured strands that create a ceiling in the lane and blow in the wind. At the end of the laneway, the other artwork is actually located in Tank Stream Way. 'For Rent' by Rocket Mattler represents a house from a time when things were less complex. It also includes a sign, a bit further away, that reads 'Room for Rent. Apply Opposite'. I managed to catch a wedding party just as they were departing in their vintage cars. This laneway, with or without the artwork, was an interesting spot for their wedding photos.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Underwood Street, Woodwork

Underwood Street is a laneway behind Dalley telephone exchange. Underwood is also the name of a famous brand of typewriter manufactured in the early 20th century. Paste Ups are a form of street art, where images on paper are cut out and pasted onto a wall.Woodwork by Simon Yates features photocopies of old fashioned typewriters and old fashioned dial telephones with a similar shape. It contains messages hidden in the keyboards of the typewriters and number dials of the phones. This ia another exhibit in Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art' which is part of the Art and About Sydney festival. You can also the remnants of some graffiti in the last shot which is a reminder that this was the location of the Grasshopper Bar, which operated here during last year's festval.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Wynyard Lane, HAR BOUR VIEW

This artwork HAR BOUR VIEW, by Jon Campbell is a large scale text banner hanging on the side of a sky bridge, that links two buildings over Wynyard Lane. A view of Sydney Harbour is something desirable but the location of this artwork is clearly not a harbour view, so it encourages people to think about other views. 'Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art' is part of the Art and About Sydney festival running from 23 September to 24 October 2010.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Temperance Lane, Circle/s in the Round for (Miles and Miles + 1)

This artwork which is created from flashing neon lights is located in Temperance Lane, off George Street. 'Circle/s in the Round for (Miles and Miles +1)' by Newell Harry, takes its title from the 1967 Miles Davis album, 'Circle in the Round'. The pulsating concentric circles are a visual homage to Davis and the encoded word-pun is supposed to remain undisclosed. My guess is 'Never Odd Or Even'. It is one exhibit in 'Are You Looking At Me? Laneway Art', which is part of the Art and About Sydney festival which is running from 23 September to 24 October 2010. The coloured lights also create a good reflection aon the 'For Sale' sign on the adjacent building in the laneway.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Newtown, street art (Theme Day: Graffiti)

I ventured to the inner city suburb of Newtown for some attractive graffiti to feature on this theme day. This artwork appears on the side of a furniture shop on the corner of King Street and Rochford Street. Newtown is a very colourful inner city suburb where many students, bohemians, hippies and yuppies make their home. It's also a very multicultural suburb but I'm not sure why they have specifically chosen to depict Latino characters here. Anyway, my best attempt for translations of these Spanish messages across this wall are "What's Happening!", "Newtown...My Neighbourhood" and "He's Crazy!".
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