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 pland to restore the facade of the former Commercial Bank building, which was built in 1910 between Flinders Street and Bourke Street.

24 comments:

  1. I like it. They should leave it as it is now.

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  2. Amazing! I kind of agree with Steffe. Maybe they should leave it as it is.

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  3. Love this. It's a pity if only temporary!

    http://www.1sthappyfamily.com/2013/03/another-random-blues.html

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  4. Depending what they mean with "restoration" - hope they leave the outside intact. It's bold ,,, I love it!

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  5. The building and the mural are real eye catchers.

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  6. It is a crowd stopper but I'm glad I don't live opposite it. Those colours and diagonals would do my head in.

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    1. Joe, it was shocking when I first saw it but I'm really getting used to seeing it now.

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  7. What a labor of love that painting is. I put stripes on a bedroom wall once, and I can tell you... it was soo much work!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Jim.

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  8. It is eye-catching, you can't miss it. Wonder how the people living around are looking at it.

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  9. I agree with Bieb. Its a great artwork now. I like it.

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  10. Happy Blue Monday, Jim!
    What an unusual building - eye catching indeed :)
    Greetings from sunny S-E Queensland ~Pernilla

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  11. So glad you found this unique structure and shared with us.

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  12. Like a great ceremonial meeting center. Fantastic. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  13. Wow! What a wonderful "mural" building ... that it has cultural significance makes it all the better.

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  14. I remember seeing this when visiting Dave, definitely hard to miss.

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  15. Intriguing...both the design and what it represents. I'm sure it's attracting a lot of attention, and I bet many who live or work nearby are happy it's temporary (or maybe not).

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  16. I'm glad the building will be restored. The paint is a little hard on the eyes.

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  17. Very unique, I like the design of the building and the painting :)

    Our party is on at:
    http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2013/03/ready-to-waltz-its-party-time.html

    Please come and join us. Have a great weekend!

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  18. Thanks for joining the waltz Jim :). It's really too bad they will be taking it down.

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  19. Visiting from the waltz....enjoyed your blog and interesting architecture/art♫♪ My entry: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/03/magic-hwy.html

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