Thursday, 2 June 2011

Chippendale, Local Memory

A temporary public art project called "Artists In Residence" occupies the heritage brewery buildings during redevelopment of the Central Park site, in the inner city suburb of Chippendale. "Local Memory" by Brook Andrew comprises of a series of portraits of people who worked in or were associated with the brewery's history between 1909 and 1998. The 18 portraits are almost 3 metres high each and fit neatly into the exposed grid of floors and walls on the northern exterior wall of the old Irving Street Brewery building. Each portrait is illuminated by a neon frame which flahes on and off in a series of programmed sequences. I missed out on photographing this artwork the previous week due to poor light but unfortunately when I returned last week workmen had just erected a billboard advertising beer. One workman can be seen here climbing down a rope, securing power cable conduits to the wall.

28 comments:

  1. Excellent I love this kind of thing. Thank you J.

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  2. A great installation! The people & their families shown must have been thrilled.

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  3. What a great idea, though the beer billboard does detract a little.

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  4. nice capture and it's a good idea of exhibition:-)

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  5. Amazing installation Jim. Wish I could be there to see it as well.

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  6. It's a very nice photo.

    I'm #105 at RT.

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  7. I love that exhibition and really want to get a shot of it, but so far have only seen it from the bus. Its a wonderful idea.

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  8. I get many info from this article....very helpful,so thankyou.

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  9. Excellent photo Jim, such a good way to have an exhibition and I guess the advert for the beer is in the right spot being an old brewery and all!!

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  10. Lesley, I tend to agree that the billboard does detract from the art.

    PerthDailyPhoto, if it had to have a billboard here then you're right that the advert for a beer is the most appropriate at a former brewery.

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  11. This is really nice. I reckon the worker adds to the picture. Those neon lights would make for a good night shot?

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  12. this is an amazing exhibit! what a neat idea.

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  13. Alan, I was thinking that I should go back there to get a shot of the night time effects.

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  14. An amazing piece of unusual public art! A great tribute to the workers!

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  15. I like what they have done to this building.

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  16. The Art is a great idea but not the bill board.

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  17. This is nothing short of brilliant...I love it! Magic happens when art takes us completely by surprise, as this does...:)

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  18. Hi J, thanks for sharing the photos here about Australia. By that, I at least can perceive what Australia looks like and what is the culture. Thanks J!!

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  19. Gotta love the mellow yellow of the beer on the billboard contrasting with the black and white art, Jim. Too funny, especially the workman trying to escape!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  20. looks terrible, ruins the gritty ambience of this old building

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