Thursday, 31 May 2012

Monterey, beach

This warning sign blocks a walkway to the beach, in the southern suburb of Monterey. Part of the Lady Robinsons Beach foreshore on Botany Bay has been severely eroded and is awaiting restoration.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Waterloo, Crown Park

This fountain is located in Crown Park, in the inner city suburb of Waterloo. This is the part of the suburb that has been gentrified with high rise apartments, shops, restaurants, cafes and public spaces replacing many industrial and warehouse buildings.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Chippendale, Mortuary Railway Station

Mortuary Railway Station is located on Regent Street, in the inner city suburb of Chippendale. This sandstone building was designed by James Barnet in the Victorian Free Gothic architectural style. The railway station opened as Mortuary on 29 June 1869 but its name was later changed to Regent Street. Funeral trains departed from this station, bound for Rookwood Cemetery, in the western suburbs. It was later used as platform for horses from 1938 and for parcels from 1950. It was restored by the State Rail Authority in 1981 and is now only used as a venue to launch special train services, informative displays and as a hired function centre.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Kirrawee, mural

This colourful triptych mural covers an otherwise drab wall of the newsagency, in the southern suburb of Kirrawee. It was created by local artist Philip Aspden who is also responsible for a similar mural at the railway station entrance.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Pyrmont, lamp and bench

A dusk look at the lamp, tiered bench and decorative pergola located along the pedestrian walkway at the Pyrmont end of the Anzac Bridge.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Watsons Bay, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church

Our Lady Star of the Sea is a Catholic Church along Old South Head Road, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. This church was built in 1910 from sandstone quarried on the church land and a varnished kauri timber ceiling. It was improved with a choir gallery and new facade in 1940 and further changes in 1966.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Watsons Bay, obelisk

This stone obelisk stands beside Robertson Park, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It marks the end of the construction of the road from the city to South Head and reads: "VIII Miles from Sydney. This Road made By Subscription Was compleated in ten Weeks from the 25 of march 1811 By 21 Soldiers of His Majesty 73 Reghiment". Meanwhile, a flying fox has met an unfortunate end and hangs from the power lines in the background.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Customs House Square, fountain

This fountain was a temporary art piece located in Customs House Square at Circular Quay last week. It was part of the promotional launch of the first all-electric car commercially available in Australia. The conceptual art display, "A World without Petrol", reused 38 old petrol browsers re-imagined as various art works, including this working fountain featuring a number of bowsers, at the centre of the square.
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Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Customs House Square, advertisement


This art piece was located in Customs House Square at Circular Quay last week. It was part of the promotional launch of the first all-electric car commercially available in Australia. The conceptual art display, "A World without Petrol", reused 38 old petrol browsers re-imagined as fountains, popcorn machines, balloon blowers, jukebox and this one as a fire place.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Botanic Gardens, Maiden Memorial Pavilion

The Maiden Memorial Pavilion is a sandstone pavilion located close to Mrs Macquaries Road in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was designed by Government Architect R.M.S. Wells and constructed in 1929. It is dedicated to Joseph Henry MaidenGovernment Botanist and former Director of the Botanic Gardens .

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Botanic Gardens, I Wish

“I Wish” is a pink concrete sculpture of a girl mounted on a sandstone plinth which is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was created by Czechoslovakian born Arthur Fleischman in 1946 and stands at the site of the first Wishing Tree. Curiously, every time I pass by here, the girl is holding some freshly cut flowers and on this day it was camelias.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Millers Point, warehouse

A heritage warehouse building on Windmill Street, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Rookwood, monument

This is one of many impressive monuments at the Rookwood Necropolis, in the western suburb of Rookwood. This is a memorial to Samuel Henry Harris, an ex-convict who was sentenced to seven years for stealing one hundred pounds from his employers and arrived in Australia in 1833. He went into partnership with Jacob Marks and opened successful drapery shops in Melbourne.

Monday, 14 May 2012

Annandale, mural

This is part of a large mural located on a wall along The Crescent, in the inner west suburb of Annandale. The retaining wall supports the metro tram line from Glebe to LilyfieldKnown as the "Glebe mural", it features past and present images from the local area. It was commissioned by Leichhardt Council in 1980 and painted by Richard Monk, who has painted over 400 public murals around Australia. It was updated by the same artist in 2004, with some new local landmarks added, like the Anzac Bridge silhouette. I like the way the trunk of the real palm tree is extended down into the mural.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Glebe, Blackwattle Bay, crane

An extensive walkway runs along the foreshore of Blackwattle Bay, in the inner west suburb of Glebe. The walkway features a number of monuments from this area’s industrial past. The crane is a remnant of Stride’s ship breaking yard which was located where Blackwattle Bay Park is today. Anzac Bridge and the apartment blocks at Pyrmont can be seen in the distance.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Glebe, Earth V Sky

"Earth V Sky" is an artwork created by Allan Giddy in Bicentennial Park, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. It involves the reflection of a spectrum of coloured light on two magnificent Moreton Bay fig trees, during sunset. The nine lights are powered by a nearby wind turbine and world-first technology continuously samples the colour of the sky and then inverts the colour of the evening sky. The lights fade in gently and subtly increase in intensity over an hour and fifteen minutes.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Glebe, wind turbine

This wind turbine is located along the foreshore of Blackwattle Bay, at the entrance to Johnstons Canal, in the inner west suburb of Glebe. The turbine is used to power an artwork titled "Earth vs Sky" which has been installed in Bicentennial Park. This is the first wind turbine to be installed in the city, with excess power returned to the grid. More about that tomorrow.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Botanic Gardens, Gardens in Focus

The winning images from the Gardens in Focus photographic competition in 2010 have been placed on banners and are currently displayed in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This banner is located close to the "Boy Extracting Thorn" sculpture. The competition features photographs that capture the living essence of a botanic garden. Parts of the botanic gardens remain quite green, even in the middle of Autumn. I featured another banner on display near the Main Pond here.
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Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Botanic Gardens, Wishing Well Fountain

The Wishing Well Fountain sits close to the Palace Garden Gate entrance to the Royal Botanic Gardens along Macquarie Street. It was designed by architect Professor Peter Spooner in 1963 for the NSW Society for Crippled Children. The pool and fountainhead was redesigned by Phill and K.V. Taranto Architects in 1988. I have photographed this fountain at night during the Sydney Vivid Festival which can be seen here.  

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Rookwood, Sydney War Cemetery, Cross of Sacrifice

The Sydney War Cemetery is located at Rookwood Necropolis, in the western suburb of Rookwood. The Cross of Sacrifice identifies British Commonwealth war cemeteries across the world, such as this one. The cemetery has the graves of service personnel who died during Word War 2, or soon after. 
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Monday, 7 May 2012

Darlinghurst, Courthouse Hotel

The Courthouse Hotel is located on the corner of Oxford Street and Bourke Street, at Taylor Square, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. I snapped this on a recent morning when I was called up for jury duty at the Darlinghurst Court House opposite.
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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Darling Island Wharf

The Darling Island Wharf in Darling Harbour, is located in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. Darling Island was levelled and joined to the mainland with hewn rock in the late 1840s. It became home to shipbuilding yards of the Australian Steam Navigation Company. This view is out to Barangaroo, the Harbour Control Tower and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Barangaroo, Sydney skyline

Some brilliant colours, reflected in Darling Harbour from Barangaroo, King Street wharf and the Sydney skyline. This view at dusk was from the wharves at Pyrmont.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Carlton, Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel is located on the corner of Railway Parade and Jubilee Avenue, in the southern suburb of Carlton. 
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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Hurstville, shop

The Friendly Societies' Dispensary is a commercial building in MacMahons Street, in the southern suburb of Hurstville. This heritage listed building in the Federation architectural style, features signs that describe it as a dispensary, pharmacy and a chemist shop.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Hurstville, shop (Theme Day: Bakeries)

The Centennial Bakery building is located on the corner of Forest Road and Bridge Street, in the southern suburb of Hurstville. This corner shop bakery and residence was built in 1888, which was the centenary of European settlement in Australia. It was saved from demolition by the Hurstville Historical Society who organised its restoration, leading up to the Australia's Bicentennary in 1988. It became the St George Regional Museum, housing collected items from the region's historic past. In 1998, it became the Masonic Society offices and museum.
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