Sunday 31 March 2013

St Mary's Cathedral, sculpture

This sandstone statue of "Our Lady and the Child Jesus" stands near the College Street entrance of St Mary's Cathedral. It stood outside the original St Mary's Cathedral which was destroyed by fire in 1865. It was created in 1850 by French Benedictine monk and sculptor, Fr John Dom Eugene Gourbellien, then stationed in Sydney. in 1912, when the West Wall was dismantled and rebuilt, the statue was given to a family who lived at Point Piper where it stood in the garden until it was donated back to the cathedral in 2008 by the then owners. It was cleaned, restored and returned to its original location.
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Saturday 30 March 2013

St Mary's Cathedral, sculpture

This statue of Pope John Paul II stands beside the College Street entrance of St Mary's Cathedral. It was created by Fiorenzo Bacci and donated by the Italian-Australian community of Sydney. It commemorates the pope's visit to Sydney in 2008 for World Youth Day
Linked to: Weekend ReflectionsShadow Shot SundayInSPIREd Sunday.

Friday 29 March 2013

St Mary's Cathedral

St Mary's Cathedral is located along College Street between St Mary's Road and William Street. It is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney and the seat of the Archbishop of Sydney. This sandstone cathedral was built in the Gothic Revival style of the 19th century. The foundation stone was laid in 1868 and the cathedral was built in a number of stages with the spires only completed in 2002. This view is from the north east corner of Hyde Park.  

Thursday 28 March 2013

Darling Harbour, fountain

This is one of many fountains in Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour. The warning sign is a recent addition to deter children from swimming on hot Summer, or even Autumn, days.
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Wednesday 27 March 2013

Darling Harbour, flag

The Australian Flag is flown from this giant flagpole which rises above Cockle Bay in Darling Harbour, with the Sydney skyline as a backdrop.

Monday 25 March 2013

Alexandria, gates

This is one of two art deco style memorial gates which are located at corner entrances to Alexandria Park, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. The Richard Power memorial gates were erected in 1939, in memory of Alderman Richard Power, Mayor of Alexandria, who kept a close eye on the park and took great pride in it.

Sunday 24 March 2013

Tempe, bridge

This timber bridge leads to the Robyn Webster Sports Centre, in the inner west suburb of Tempe. 'Gift Given' by Bronwyn Bancroft is the Aboriginal mural on the exterior which features fish, lizards, snakes, men and women in diamond formations. It is the largest mural in the Southern Hemisphere and the detailed walls and roof are a landmark for planes landing at nearby Sydney Airport.

Saturday 23 March 2013

Circular Quay, Sky Mirror

"Sky Mirror" is an artwork that is on display on the lawn outside the Museum of Contemporary Art at Circular Quay. It was created by artist Anish Kapoor, who currently has an exhibition at the museum. This view is from back, looking out from the museum, capturing a glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a cruise ship at the Overseas Passenger Terminal and a ferry passing in front of the Sydney Opera House. The view from the front can be seen here.

Friday 22 March 2013

Eveleigh, Engine Shop

The former Eveleigh Railway Yards are part of the Australian Technology Parkin the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. This heritage listed Engine Shop, between Innovation Plaza and Locomotive Street, was built in 1907 as a workshop to construct new locomotive engines. It now houses the National Innovation Centre, an entrepreneurial hub which provides laboratory space where start-up company dreams can become reality.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Eveleigh, Australian Technology Park

These signs are at the Henderson Road entrance of the Australian Technology Park, in the inner city suburb of Eveleigh. The Australian Technology Park opened in 1996 as a home to a community of researchers, entrepreneurs, incubator businesses, start-ups, mature technology companies and education organisations. It utilises the heritage buildings of the old Eveleigh Railway Yards, along with a number of  contemporary buildings.

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Alexandria, town hall

Alexandria Town Hall is located along Garden Street, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. It was designed by Ferdinand Reuss Snr and built in 1881 in the Victorian architectural style. In 1928 the fa├žade was redesigned by DT Morrow and Gordon in the Inter-War Free Classical architectural style. In those days many inner city suburbs had their own municipalities but these days it is used as a community centre.
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Monday 18 March 2013

Alexandria, warehouse

This mural adorns the side wall of the Antique and Design Centre, located on the corner of Mitchell Road and Fountain Street, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. This former industrial warehouse houses a number of separate dealers who sell antiques, collectables and designer items in retro styles.
Linked to: Blue MondayMonday Mellow YellowsMonday Mural.

Saturday 16 March 2013

Botanic Gardens, The Waders

"The Waders" is a piece of art created by Jenny Goodwin, located in a pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is part of the Ikebana for Gardens Exhibition, which features artwork placed throughout the Gardens, each designed specifically for the location. They were created by teachers of the modern Sogetsu School of Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art form.

Thursday 14 March 2013

Customs Square, sign

This large red sign on the corner of Customs Square, marks the location of Customs House at Circular Quay. It also lists the businesses here including the City of Sydney Library, Quay Bar, Young Alfred, Cafe Sydney and the Barnet Long Room. The two skyscrapers in the background are the AMP Centre and Governor Phillip Tower.

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Botanic Gardens, The Lioness

"The Lioness" is one of two iron statues that guard the gate that leads to the Lion Gate Lodge, originally the home of the Head Gardener in the Royal Botanic Gardens. "The Lion" and "The Lioness" were presented to the Botanic Gardens in 1912 and restored in 1989. I featured its mate here last week.

Monday 11 March 2013

Surry Hills, art

"Always Was, Always Will Be" is an artwork by Reko Rennie at Taylor Square, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. The artwork explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society. The geometric diamonds reference the artist's associations to the traditional markings of the Kamilaroi people in north-western New South Wales. The neon text on the facade "Always was, always will be" in this context means this was Gadigal country and always will be Gadigal. This temporary artwork is part of the Streetware program but there are plans to restore the facade of the former Commercial Bank building, which was built in 1910 between Flinders Street and Bourke Street.

Sunday 10 March 2013

Campbell Street, railway bridge

This sandstone railway bridge over Campbell Street between Castlereagh Street and Elizabeth Street. It was built as part of the City Circle underground railway line. The first stage was opened in 1926 from Central railway station to Museum and St James stations. The sandstone was cleaned and restored last year.

Saturday 9 March 2013

Surry Hills, Belgenny apartments

The Belgenny apartment building is located on the corner of Bourke Street and Campbell Street, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. It was built in the art deco architectural design and features shops and a cafe on the ground floor.

Friday 8 March 2013

Darlinghurst, WindGrid

WindGrid is an art installation at Taylor Square, off Oxford Street, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. It was created by artist Tim Knowles as a temporary public artwork from September 2012 to May 2013. WindGrid creates a shifting ceiling of small aluminium 'paper aeroplanes' acting as weathervanes, casting changing shadows below.

Thursday 7 March 2013

Cockle Bay, ferry restaurant

The S.S. South Steyne is a steam ferry which was built in 1938 and was in service between Manly and Circular Quay for over 36 years. It was restored in 1987 and is now used as a floating restaurant at Darling Harbour, beside the Pyrmont Bridge. This view is across Cockle Bay towards the IMAX theatre and the city skyline.

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Botanic Gardens, The Lion

"The Lion" is one of two iron statues that guard the gate that leads to the Lion Gate Lodge, originally the home of the Head Gardener in the Royal Botanic Gardens. "The Lion" and "The Lioness" were presented to the Botanic Gardens in 1912.

Monday 4 March 2013

Little Bay, Coast Hospital

This heritage building was originally part of the Coast Hospital in the eastern suburb of Little Bay. The distance and isolation from the city made it perfect for an infectious diseases hospital built in 1883. These wards of the hospital were built in 1914 and used for returned personnel from World War I suffering contagious diseases. In 1934 it was renamed Prince Henry Hospital and in 1959 teaching hospitals were established for the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney. The restored wards now house the Nursing and Medical Museum and a Community Centre.

Sunday 3 March 2013

Little Bay, sculpture

This sculpture is located outside one of the restored buildings of the former Prince Henry Hospital, in the eastern suburb of Little Bay. The sculpture is like a stylised information board about the history of the suburb. It features information about the original Coast Hospital on this site which had its origins managing patients with infectious diseases. It also features details about  the world’s largest sculpture created at Little Bay in 1969, when international artist Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude wrapped the coastline in fabric, calling it: “Wrapped Coast – One Million Square Feet, Little Bay, Sydney, Australia”.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Circular Quay

This view is from East Circular Quay looking towards the Circular Quay ferry wharves, Circular Quay railway station and the Gateway office building. The Alexander is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1985 and is part of the fleet that operates on the Inner Harbour. It was named The Alexander, after the one of eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787.
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