Thursday, 31 October 2013

Bexley, bank

This former bank building is located on the corner of Forest Road and Harrow Road, in the southern suburb of Bexley. This art deco building was a Commonwealth Bank branch but is now used by a firm of solicitors and a printing shop.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Millers Point, Sydney Observatory, stone pyramid

This historic stone pyramid is a survey marker or trig station which stands in front of the Sydney Observatory at Millers Point. It was erected in 1880 on the Sydney meridian, which is the line passing through the Observatory’s Transit Circle Telescope and running north-south. By observing stars, astronomers could establish both its longitude, how many degrees it was located to the east of Greenwich Observatory and its latitude, how many degrees it was to the south of the equator. This stone marker with its highly accurate position would have been essential for 19th century surveyors to use in any surveys of Sydney. The white structure adjacent to the survey marker is a weather station

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Millers Point, Sydney Observatory

Sydney Observatory is located on Observatory Hill at Millers Point. This heritage listed observatory was designed by Alexander Dawson and James Barnet and built in 1858 in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style. It was essential to shipping, navigation, meteorology, timekeeping and the study of stars seen from the Southern Hemisphere. The central tower features a weather vane and a time ball, which signalled the time to ships and to the General Post Office in Martin Place. It is still raised to the top of its post and dropped at exactly 1pm every day. Government Astronomers worked and lived in the building until 1982, when it became part of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. 

Monday, 28 October 2013

Customs Square, Snailovation

This is one of two giant yellow snail sculptures that were recently in Customs Square, outside Customs House at Circular Quay. Snailovation are brightly coloured snails that were created by the Cracking Art Group. They were installed on city streets, in parks and squares as part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places which ran until last week.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Customs House Square, photo exhibition

This photo exhibition is located in Customs House Square outside Customs House at Circular Quay. It is part of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Sydney Opera House. The photos featured are by David Moore a photojournalist who photographed the construction of the Opera House. A further exhibition of photographs from his archive will be shown inside Customs House.
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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Fig Tree Bridge

Fig Tree Bridge carries Burns Bay Road over the Lane Cove River and connects Hunters Hill with Linley Point. This girder bridge opened in in September 1963, replacing an iron truss bridge originally built on this site in 1885. The Seven Bridges Walk will be held tomorrow to raise money for Cancer Council NSW. The course is a 27 kilometre closed loop circuit that travels clockwise around Sydney Harbour, providing many magnificent views around the harbour. The seven bridges are Sydney Harbour Bridge, Pyrmont Bridge, Anzac Bridge, Iron Cove Bridge, Gladesville Bridge, Tarban Creek Bridge and Fig Tree Bridge.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Queen Victoria, statue

This bronze sculpture of Queen Victoria stands outside the Queen Victoria Building, on the corner of George Street and Druitt Street. It was originally part of a monument unveiled in 1908 in the grounds of Leinster House, the Irish Parliament, in Dublin, Ireland. It stood there until 1947 and at the request of the City of Sydney it was presented by the Government and people of Ireland in a spirit of goodwill and friendship and unvelied in 1987 in front of the restored Queen Victoria Building.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

George Street, Snailovation

This giant orange snail sculpture was recently located on the corner of George Street and Druitt Street. It was at the southern end of the of the Queen Victoria Building, behind the Statue of Queen Victoria, facing Sydney Town Hall, with The Galeries and the Woolworths flagship store as a bacdrop. Snailovation are brightly coloured snails that were created by the Cracking Art Group. They were installed on city streets and in parks as part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Darling Harbour, tall ship, Lord Nelson

The Lord Nelson is a Tall Ship from the United Kingdom seen here moored at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. A number of Tall Ships from around the world made up a fleet which visited Sydney recently for the International Fleet Review to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

The Rocks, post box

This historic post box is located along George Street at The Rocks, opposite the Museum of Contemporary Art. There aren't many of this syle of post box still around in Sydney.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Snailovation

These giant yellow snail sculptures have been located in Queen's Square, in front of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Snailovation are brightly coloured snails that were created by the Cracking Art Group. They were installed on city streets and in parks as part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places which ran until yesterday.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Rose Bay, St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church

St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church is located along New South Head Road, in the eastern suburb of Rose Bay. This heritage listed church was designed by John Barlow in the Gothic architectural style and built in 1920, with the tower added in 1932.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Hyde Park, Art and About Sydney, Field

"Field" is an art installation in Hyde Park which is part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places. This large field of mirrors was created by Angus Muir and Alexandra Heaney at Out of the Dark, with Simon van Praag of Fresh Concept. The 324 mirror faces, reflect the changing nature of the park, city and sky. At night the multifaceted installation is lit with coloured lights producing a light show and creating different reflections. 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Sydney Harbour, boat

A sunset view across Sydney Harbour towards Garden Island and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, viewed from McKell Park in the eastern suburb of Darling Point.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

World Square, Art and About Sydney

World Square currently features two art installations as part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places. The giant blue snail sculpture stands in the middle of the main shopping centre square "Snailovation" are brightly coloured snails that were created by the Cracking Art Group and have been installed around the city. "Airing Our Dirty Laundry" is an art installation by Alphabet Studio that hangs above the square. It's made up of pieces of classic white laundry hanging on clothes lines, with confessional statements and private thoughts, revealing quirky obsessions and secrets people instinctively try to suppress.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Pyrmont, tall ship, Europa

The Europa is a Tall Ship from Germany which was recently moored beside Wharf 7 at Pyrmont. A number of Tall Ships from around the world made up a fleet which visited Sydney last week for the International Fleet Review to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Alexandria, Sydney Park, sculptures

These giant pink snail sculptures are currently located at the top of a hill in Sydney Park, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria. Snailovation are brightly coloured snails that were created by the Cracking Art Group. They have been installed on city streets and in parks as part of Art and About Sydney, a festival of art in unusual places. The Sydney skyline can be seen in the distance.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Botanic Gardens, flowers

These colourful Spring flowers are currently on display in the Royal Botanic Gardens. This display contains tulips and violets. For a look at the same flower bed in Autumn see here.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Redfern, St George Antioch Orthodox

St George Antioch Orthodox Church is located on the corner of Walker Street and Cooper Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. Also known as St George's Cathedral, this redbrick building with a copper dome was built in 1953.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Darling Harbour, tall ship, Picton Castle

The Picton Castle is a Tall Ship from Canada that was recently moored at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. An International Fleet Review was held in Sydney to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. A number of Tall Ships from around the world made up a fleet which sailed into Sydney Harbour last week and departed on Thursday, in a race to New Zealand. The giant Australian flag in Darling Harbour was this week replaced by the Australian White Ensign, which is the navy flag.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Anzac Bridge, Anzac Memorial

The Anzac Memorial stands at the western approach of the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle. The bronze sculpture of an Australian ANZAC soldier (colloquially known as a digger) was created by Alan Somerville and unveiled on ANZAC Day in 2000, with sand collected from Ari Burnu beach in Gallipolli, Turkey placed underneath. He faces west in the "rest on arms reverse" drill position holding a Lee-Enfield rifle. A statue of a New Zealand ANZAC soldier facing east was added to a plinth across the road in 2008. The Australian White Ensign is the navy flag being flown from the bridge this week to commemorate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Darling Harbour, Australian National Maritime Museum, International Fleet Review

This view of the ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour is from Pyrmont Bridge yesterday. An International Fleet Review has being held in Sydney for the past week to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. It looks crowded because along with the ships normally exhibited, a fleet of Tall Ships from around the world has been moored here for the celebrations but will be departing today.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Darling Harbour, tall ship, Oosterschelde

The Oosterschelde is a Tall Ship from The Netherlands, currently moored in Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour. An International Fleet Review is being held in Sydney this week to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. A number of Tall Ships from around the world make up a fleet which sailed into Sydney Harbour last Thursday.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Darling Harbour, tall ship, Spirit of New Zealand

The Spirit of New Zealand is a Tall Ship currently moored at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. An International Fleet Review is being held in Sydney this week to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. A number of Tall Ships from around the world make up a fleet which sailed into Sydney Harbour on Thursday and will next head to Auckland, New Zealand.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Newtown, mural

This is part of a mural on the side of a shop on the corner of King Street and Darley Lane, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The mural along the Darley Lane wall features Ganesha, a widely worshipped Hindu deity with four arms and an elephant head. He is reputed to be a remover of obstacles and is propitiated before the beginning of any new venture. He is also the god of wisdom and prudence, has a thorough knowledge of the scriptures and is a superb scribe. He is attended by a mouse at his feet.
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Sunday, 6 October 2013

Marrickville, St Clement's Anglican Church

St Clement's Anglican Church is located on the corner of Marrickville Road and Petersham Road, in the inner west suburb of Marrickville. This heritage listed church was designed by Spain and Cosh and completed in 1899 in the Gothic Revival architectural style.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Darling Harbour, International Fleet Review, Tall Ship fleet

These Tall Ships are currently moored at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour. An International Fleet Review is being held in Sydney from 3 to 11 October 2013 to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. A number of Tall Ships from around the world make up a fleet which sailed into Sydney Harbour on Thursday. Prior to their arrival in Sydney the international fleet held festivals in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne and Hobart.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Anzac War Memorial

This is a detailed shot of the north western corner of the Anzac War Memorial, which stands in Hyde Park South. The building was designed by Bruce Dellit in the Art Deco architectural style and completed in 1934. The sculptures that adorn the building were created by Rayner Hoff, who also created the "Sacrifice" sculpture inside. It was built as a memorial to the Australian Imperial Force of World War I and is the focus of commemoration ceremonies on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Rocks, Harbour Rocks Hotel

The Harbour Rocks Hotel is located along Harrington Street, in The Rocks. This heritage listed building was built in 1887 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. It was originally a warehouse known as Evans' Stores. In 1989, it was converted into a boutique hotel and shopfronts.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Hyde Park, Sandringham Gardens

Sandringham Gardens are located located on the eastern side of Hyde Park North, on the corner of Park Street and College Street. Sandringham Gardens were developed to commemorate the intended visit in 1952 of King George VI, but cancelled due his sudden death. The gardens were then created as a memorial to King George VI and King George V and associated with the King's home at Sandringham, Norfolk, England. These memorial gates lead to a sunken garden with a decorative fountain in the centre and partly enclosed by a pergola. The pergola is currently being used for the Little Sydney Lives photographic exhibition.  Click here to view all participants of Outdoor Wednesday

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Sydney Opera House (Theme Day: Details)

This abstract shot of the Sydney Opera House, which looks like a face, is from the western forecourt. I was inspired to take this photo by one of the winners of Little Sydney Lives, a photographic exhibition for children living in Sydney. It is part of the Art and About Sydney festival, with photographs currently exhibited around Sandringham Gardens in Hyde Park.
Click here to view all participants of this theme day
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