Monday, 31 December 2012

The Rocks, Rawson Institute for Seamen

This Rawson Institute for Seamen building is located along George Street at The Rocks. It was formerly the Mariner's Church, designed by John Bibb in the Victorian Free Classical style in temple form and built in 1859. Alterations were designed by William Kent in Federation Free Classical style in 1909. A new chapel was built in the Inter-War Mediterranean or Romanesque style In 1927. The Bethel Union, which built the original church was involved in missionary activity among seamen. They leased the Mariners' Church to the Missions to Seamen in 1835, creating a mission for neglected seamen. The complex included accommodation, a hall for concerts and dining, smoking rooms, a library and a gymnasium. After Sir Henry Rawson instigated extensions which were carried out in 1910, the complex was renamed The Rawson Institute for Seamen. Since 2011, the building houses Bar 100, featuring a restaurant, bars and nightclub. The rear view can be seen here.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Tempe, Cooks River, walkway

This walkway runs along the foreshore of the Cooks River, in the southern suburb of Tempe. It's seen here bathed in the light of sunset which has cast very long shadows.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Rockdale, Bicentennial Park

This blue footbridge is over the pond in Rockdale Bicentennial Park, in the southern suburb of Rockdale. The pond attracts ducks and water fowl. This recreation area was renamed in 1988 to celebrate Australia's bicentennial of European settlement.

Friday, 28 December 2012

Allawah, sunset

A sunset view with silhouettes of power poles along Railway Parade, in the southern suburb of Allawah.
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Thursday, 27 December 2012

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas

St Mary's Cathedral.featured a light projection show, Lights of Christmas, from 13 December to 25 December 2012. Many of the projections were animated so it was difficult to photograph them but here are some of those featuring messages.

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas

St Mary's Cathedral featured a light projection show, Lights of Christmas, from 13 December to 25 December 2012.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas





The facade of St Mary's Cathedral is featuring a light projection show, Lights of Christmas, until tonight. These images of "The Madonna and Child" have been reproduced with permission of the Acdemia Carrara, Bergamo, Italy. The artworks are by artists Titian, Bellini, Cravelli, De Lani and Vivarini. Merry Christmas.

Monday, 24 December 2012

St Mary's Cathedral, Lights of Christmas

The facade of St Mary's Cathedral, located along College Street, has been featuring Lights of Christmas, a light projection show running until Christmas Day. This view is across Cathedral Square in Cook and Philip Park. In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the artworks that adorn the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Italian Renaissance artist Michelangelo, the iconic image of "The Creation of Life" is featured, in which God reaches out and gives life to Adam with the touch of his finger.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

David Jones department store, Christmas windows

The Christmas display windows at the Elizabeth Street store of the David Jones department store. This year the animated characters portrayed the Christmas carols "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Deck The Halls", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Angels We Have Heard On High" and "Away In A Manger".

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Westfield Sydney, Christmas lights


These large Christmas light decorations currently hang in Westfield Sydney. They flash and change colours to display a variety of different patterns to create a festive mood. Formerly known as Centrepoint, this shopping centre is bounded by Pitt Street Mall, Market Street and Castlereagh Street.

Friday, 21 December 2012

Sydney Town Hall, restoration

Sydney Town Hall is a landmark sandstone building on the corner of George Street and Druitt Street. It was completed in 1889 in the grand Victorian Second Empire architectural style and is currently undergoing a $33 million restoration. The project involves extensive restoration works to the George Street side of the hall and clock tower. The 20 metre photograph of the sandstone façade and the 30 metre photographs of the clock tower have been printed onto custom-made mesh which is wrapped around scaffolding while the restoration works take place.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

The Rocks, Playfair Street

These traditional style Christmas star decorations adorn lamp poles in The Rocks, a historic locality west of Sydney Cove. This lamp is located in Playfair Street, in front of a former warehouse building, now used as a hotel. Beside this doorway is a ghost sign for a former occupier of the building that reads: "Storm Wood Prod Pty Ltd 5th Floor".
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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

The Rocks, Christmas tree

The Rocks 'living' Christmas tree is located along George Street, next to First Fleet Park at The Rocks. It is made from almost 600 living plants, 143 metres of aluminium pipe and 1,000 stainless steel pot scourers. The tree is designed in the shape of a traditional fir tree with the irrigation pipe that winds around the outside evoking a garland of tinsel, while the plants and scourers are designed to resemble baubles. It was created by Brendan Moar, a landscape architect and Australian television host. This is a sustainable tree so the plants will be reused and the pipe will be recycled after Christmas festivities are over.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

The Rocks, warehouse

This former warehouse building is located at the corner of George Street and Hickson Road at The Rocks. Bushells Warehouse was built in the late 1800s in the Victorian Free Classical style. It was altered by the Government Architect, W.L. Vernon, who designed the additional floors and remodelled the eastern façade to harmonise with the additions in the Federation Warehouse style. In 1923 it became the headquarters for the Bushell's Tea Company, which utilised the building for sorting, blending, storing and packaging tea and coffee, until 1975. It is now used for retail, commercial and office space.

Monday, 17 December 2012

The Rocks, First Impressions, The Soldier

"First Impressions" is a sculpture located in Playfair Street in The Rocks, and  This sandstone relief was created by Bud Dumas in 1979 as a memorial to the convicts, soldiers and settlers who made up the original settlement at The Rocks. This side of the sculpture features "The Soldier". The First Fleet arrived in 1788 with 211 marines to protect the settlement and preserve good order among the convicts. The soldier represented here is modelled on the New South Wales Corps, which was raised as a permanent body of troops for the new colony, with the first 100 strong detachment arriving in 1790 with the Second Fleet. 
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