Monday, 9 April 2012

The Rocks, Harrington Street, mural

This is one of four murals that have been painted on the underpass of the Cahill Expressway where it crosses Harrington Street, at The Rocks. "The Lowering of Harrington Street, 1914" has been painted from a historic black and white photo. It shows Harrington Street being excavated to its current level. Following the outbreak of the plague in 1900, the State Government seized control of The Rocks and began to straighten and realign the streets, which had evolved without planning from the convict period.

19 comments:

  1. A great piece of history painted on the walls... Hoping you are enjoying your Easter Jim.

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  2. Nothing like a plague to frighten governments into doing what they should have done long before.

    The results were worth it.

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  3. What a great mural, it does look like a photo!

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  4. what is the white stuff on the ground?

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  5. Ann, I assume it's just the reflections of light on the ground. Certainly not snow in Sydney, if that's what you were thinking.

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  6. The plague? As in bubonic? Yikes. I really like the way the artists decided to keep the mural in the monochrome of the original photo. Adds to the vintage/historic feel. Thanks, Jim, for participating in this week's Monday Mural.

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  7. A terrific rendering of an historic photograph! I like that it was kept monochrome, too... unique!

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  8. Wow! Great to see Jim. You seem to have so many public artworks like this in Sydney. Wonderful.

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  9. I really enjoy seeing the way that cities, towns and their people strive to portray and preserve the history through art publicly displayed. There is something so captivating about seeing it larger than life - makes more of an impression than seeing the photograph in a book!

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  10. Oakland Daily Photo, yes it was the bubonic plague, which arrived in Sydney via shipping trade routes.

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  11. That is a very fine mural Jim, it almost looks like an actual photo!

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  12. Very nice mural. I had no idea that the plague had reached as far as Australia (of course at first I was thinking of the one in the 1300s)

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  13. I think hisoric photo murals are splendid. Well captured!

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  14. Thanks for sharing, I like this black and white mural!

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  15. freeway underpasses seem to be the perfect spots for murals. we have them over here too.

    it's lovely that it's in b/w.

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  16. This is a new meme for me. I love murals and have lots of shots of them. My Aunt is in a town known for having the most murals in the country.

    I will have to remember this meme and join it soon.

    Excellent shots by the way.

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