Saturday, 3 March 2012

Scout Place, Windlines

"Windlines: The Scout Compass of Discovery" is a public sculpture located at Scout Place, outside the AMP Building along Alfred Street at Circular Quay. This artwork commemorates the centenary of Scouts in Australia in 2008 and was completed by Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford in 2011. It is a kinetic work which comprises of a 5.5 metre wind vane above a 12 metre compass rose. Place names from the Sydney area are contained in lines of text embedded in the ground.

15 comments:

  1. Scouting history always interests me. I was in scouts as a kid and was a Scoutmaster for 7 years when my sons were in the program. It is a great program for many reasons.

    Lord Baden-Powell started the scouting program in England in 1908 and it gained in popularity at a rapid rate, spreading to most of the Commonwealth countries later the same year.

    Scouting came to the US in 1910 after American W. D. Boyce lost his way while visiting London and was guided to his destination by a young boy who refused the offer of a tip explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was only doing his daily good turn. This so impressed Boyce that on his return he promoted the scouting program here.

    I read somewhere that there are now 40 million kids involved in scouting world wide.

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  2. This is a bit like a hurling stick, or that Irish game ... the name escapes me.

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  3. Great strong geometry in this one. Nicely cropped.

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  4. GW Bill Miller, I was quite interested to learn that scouting started in Australia a couple of years before America.

    Joe, I didn't actually crop this shot. It's exactly as I framed and shot it.

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  5. That reminds me of Sir Garfield Sobers who had toiled all day with the ball, with many appeals for LBW all of which were turned down. He finally got a ball between bat and pad which sent middle stump tumbling. Sobers turned to the ump and said: 'That'd have to be close'.

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  6. Great anecdote. You were about as close as you could be with hurling stick and Hurling. :)

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  7. Very good and nice photo.

    Regards and best wishes

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  8. nice, we have a building in brussels here that looks a lot like this one .. unfortunately it has not been taken care of, windows broken etc;.ours is a government administration building and it looks like it is on its way out.
    have a great weekend
    anni

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  9. I like the way the sculpture 'slashes' across the pattern of the windows on the building behind Jim, I'm wondering how I've missed this one, but then if it only went up in 2011, maybe...!

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  10. Grace, I've actually walked past this many times and had not really noticed it until I saw a newspaper article about it.

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