Saturday, 5 March 2011

Darlinghurst, Camp Stonewall

Camp Stonewall is an art installation at Taylor Square, off Oxford Street, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. The artwork is part of the Taylor Square Plinth Project, which has had three temporary art projects installed from 2009 to 2011 to enliven the square and make people think about art. Camp Stonewall, by Annie Kennedy, celebrates the achievements of the gay rights movement and people who campaigned for change. The name refers to the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan, where the gay riots on  28th June, 1969 sparked an international response, including protests in Sydney’s Oxford Street. The lamp post on the plinth in the staircase of a disused underground gentlemen's convenience, reinterprets the original post from the early 1900s, which carried street signage and illuminated the square. The tiles on the wall feature messages and stories written by the contemporary gay and lesbian community of Sydney. This artwork is on the route of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which is on tonight.

10 comments:

  1. This isn't your official Skywatch shot, yet the sky is definitely showing and glowing above that quirky street!

    WHICH SKY FOR YOU?

    Which sky for you?
    One that is blue?
    Or do you prefer
    A sky that’s demure?

    A sky in grey
    Is soft, they say,
    And not everyone
    Likes the blinding sun.

    Perhaps a sky
    Through which geese fly
    To winter havens
    Away from ravens?

    A rain-swept sky
    That seems to cry?
    O quickly choose one
    Before day is done!


    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Cloud Maiden

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  2. Wish I could be there. Par-tay!


    check out my stonewall post:








    aloha!

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  3. ooops! here it is:


    http://comfortspiral.blogspot.com/2011/02/aloha-reborn.html

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  4. Cloudia, thanks for the link to your post.

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  5. An interesting story and a curious way of recycling facilities...

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  6. I find the Stonewall installation beside a (disused) mens facility to be rather symbolic as well! Was that planned, I wonder?

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  7. Lesley, yes indeed it was planned taht way. You can read a bit more about the art installation if you click on the link.

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  8. Such an interesting post...especially the purple lamp post. It is my favorite part of the picture. Your blue sky is lovely and the neon sign is a real eye catcher. I like this post and all that it says.

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  9. Greetings! Very useful info in this particular post! It's the little changes that produce the most significant changes. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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