Monday, 31 March 2014

Cronulla, Art Cube Exhibition

The Art Cube Exhibition was recently held in the southern suburb of Cronulla. It featured three giant cubes in Cronulla Mall, painted by twelve local and international artists. They were located outside the recently vacated Commonwealth Bank building which was built in 1938 in the art deco architectural style. A photo of the old bank can be seen here.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Watsons Bay, Sydney Harbour National Park

This bench is located in Sydney Harbour National Park, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. It provides views of Camp Cove and Sydney Harbour.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Tom Uglys Bridge, Georges River

Tom Uglys Bridge crosses the Georges River between the southern suburbs of Blakehurst and Sylvania. This view at dusk is from the southern end at Sylvania between the truss bridge on the left, which opened in 1929 and the box girder bridge on the right, which opened in 1987. The name of the bridge comes from Tom Uglys Point, on the northern end at Blakehurst, believed to be named after local resident Tom Huxley and transformed by the mispronunciation by local Aborigines.

Friday, 28 March 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, College Street

A blue sky filled with scattered clouds above St Mary's Cathedral, viewed from the corner of College Street and St Marys Road.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

Ichnotraces by Cassandra Daw and Felicity Yorston
The Collector by Ilija Uzunoski
Regeneration of the Princess by Blaze Krstanoski-Blazeski
Home Shell by Adam Galea
Columns in Space by William Maguire
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014, to showcase the talent of local emerging and professional artists.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

Canute by Simon Grimes
Harley by Vikki Holik-Blazley
Lightning Strikes I and II by Lou Steer 
Make A Splash by Lou Steer
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014, to showcase the talent of local emerging and professional artists.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Kyeemagh, Outdoor Gallery

On This Earth by Rhonda Castle
Block Play by Beata Geyer and James Culkin
Eagle Eye by Rhonda Castle
Dromornis Stironii (Going Going Gone) by Cassndra Daw and Lou Steer
A Man And A Woman by Rafae Munahe
The Outdoor Gallery Exhibition is an annual event that takes place at Cook Park, on the Botany Bay foreshore in the southern suburb of Kyeemagh. It is part of the Rockdale Arts Festival which runs from 16 March to 13 April 2014. The festival showcases the talent of local emerging and professional artists who work in any medium that can be displayed and left outdoors, permanently exposed to the elements.

Monday, 24 March 2014

King Street, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition located around the city to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. It is located outside shops on the corner of King Street and Pitt Street. "Pacha" was created by Alison See, a designer for fashion label Camilla by Camilla Franks, which features clothing with these sorts of designs.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Botanic Gardens, Palace Garden Gate

The Palace Garden Gate is a Macquarie Street entrance at the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Garden Palace was a large purpose-built exhibition building constructed to house the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. It was constructed primarily from timber, which assured its complete destruction when engulfed by fire in 1882. The only remains of the Garden Palace are its carved sandstone gateposts and wrought iron gates.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Hyde Park Barracks, Irish Famine Memorial

The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845-1852) is located at the Hyde Park Barracks, along Macquarie Street. The Hyde Park Barracks were originally built to house male convicts in 1818 but were adapted in 1848 to house refugees. The monument commemorates a special emigration scheme designed to resettle over 4,000 destitute girls from the workhouses of Ireland in Australia between 1848 and 1850. This memorial features a dislocated sandstone wall and two glass panels inscribed with the names of 400 of these girls. A table cast in bronze, split in two on either side of the wall, has a simple table with a bowl on one end and a simple institutional table setting with utensils on the other end. It represents an element of continuity and a link between the two sides of the lives of those who immigrated.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Pacific Power Building, 201 Elizabeth Street

This commercial building formerly known as the Pacific Power Building is located at 201 Elizabeth Street. The office and retail building is bounded by Elizabeth Street, Park Street and Castlereagh Street. This 40 storey building was completed in 1978 and is currently Sydney's 20th tallest building.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Darling Harbour, Harbourside

Darling Harbour has launched a new 'inflatable' brand identity with promotional signs in the style of inflated balloons. Hourbourside, a dining, leisure and shopping centre on the western side of Cockle Bay, features this giant "SHOP" sign above the main entrance.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

St Mary's Cathedral, fountain

This water fountain is located in the square in front of St Mary's Cathedral which is part of Cook and Philip Park. The wooden footbridge allows you to walk through the fountain and view the various displays of water squirting into the air.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

College Street, sculpture

This contemporary sculpture is located on the corner of College Street and Stanley Street, opposite Hyde Park. "Calai Deviations" was created by Sarah Robson in 2011 in coated aluminium, cast bronze and patina.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Darling Harbour, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

This painted rhino sculpture is part of the "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" public art exhibition to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. It is located outside the Harbourside retail complex at Darling Harbour. "Time To" was created by Lara Johnson, an aspiring zookeeper and artist. It was sponsored by Dubbo City Council whose city's slogan 'time to smile' identifies with the plight of the rhino, and the knowledge that it is 'time to act' to save them.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

La Perouse, Bare Island, bridge

This bridge links Bare Island to the eastern suburb of La PerouseBare Island is located at the mouth of Botany Bay with the southern suburb of Kurnell seen here in the distance. It features a historic military fort and tunnels built in 1885 to protect Sydney from sea attack when it was feared an invasion from Russia was imminent.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

La Perouse, Conwong Bay, Young Endeavour

The tall ship Young Endeavour is moored in Conwong Bay, in the eastern suburb of La Perouse. The Young Endeavour was a gift from the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia in 1988 to mark the Bicentenary of Australia. The Royal Australian Navy maintains the ship and operates the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, a sail training program to serve Australian youth with experience at sea.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Annandale, Uniting Church

The Annandale Creative Arts Centre is located in the Uniting Church building along Johnston Street, in the inner west suburb of Annandale. It provides space for innovative arts practise, community involvement in the arts and creative expression of faith and worship. This heritage listed building was built in 1891 in the Victorian Romanesque architectural style.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Pitt Street, ATMs

These ANZ Bank Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are located along Pitt Street. A number of ATMs around the city this year were transformed into a "GAYTM" to celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which was held in the city recently. The machines are colourfully decorated and have different textures including fake fur. The bank is donating the operator fees for non-ANZ cardholders from their GAYTMs to non-profit counselling and support organisation Twenty10 for the duration of the campaign. There are ten of these ATMs around the city including "Mo' Town" which celebrates the iconic disco moustache that dates back to the 1970s and "Pride" which celebrates the rainbow as a symbol of gay pride.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

King Street Wharf, boats

These two pleasure boats skilfully manoeuvre around each other in Cockle Bay, near King Street Wharf. This view was from Pyrmont Bridge at Darling Harbour. Most big cities around the world have a Hop On Hop Off Bus to see the city sights. Sydney also has a Hop On Hop Off Ferry to see the harbour sights. Sydney Jet is a jet boating service which operates from Cockle Bay.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Sussex Street, Shelbourne Hotel

The Shelbourne Hotel is located on the corner of Sussex Street and Market Street, beside the Darling Park Footbridge. This heritage listed building was built in 1902 from a design by Wilson, Neave and Berry. It is an elaborate example of commercial Federation architecture, in a modified American Romanesque style.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Darling Quarter, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

The hunt for painted rhino sculptures installed around Sydney continues. "Taronga Wild! Rhinos" is a public art exhibition to raise awareness and funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. This rhino is located outside the shops at Darling Quarter. "Unicorn Horn" was created by Lara Porter who imagined if the rhino were to become extinct, its horn might become mythical like that of the unicorns, to future generations.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Mascot, St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church

St Catherine Greek Orthodox Church is located along Coward Street, in the eastern suburb of Mascot. The parish was formed in 1980 with services in the hall of St Therese's Catholic Church and a year later in the former Anglican church on Tunbridge Street. This building, completed in 1994, is a little difficult to photograph entirely so this was the best angle I could manage.

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Coogee, Ross Jones Memorial Pool

The Ross Jones Memorial Pool is located next to the Surf Life Saving Club at Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It was built in 1947 and the National Trust has observed that the pool is significant due to the unique design, which includes concrete piers that extend above the wall resembling turrets at the top of a sandcastle. It is named in honour of Roscoe Samuel Jones, a Randwick Council Alderman and President of the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Sydney Harbour, sunset

A sunset view across Sydney Harbour, viewed from Mrs Macquaries Point in The Domain, features the iconic silhouettes of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I've posted a few of these sunset views but I can't get enough of them.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Castlereagh Street, ATM

This St George Bank Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) is located along Castlereagh Street. A number of ATMs around the city have this year been transformed into a "gAyTM" to celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which held a parade in the city last Saturday night. This one features the colours of the rainbow flag or pride flag. 
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Watsons Bay, The Gap

The Gap is an ocean cliff on the South Head peninsula, in eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. This view is from the northern end of a walkway, looking out on the Pacific Ocean. The cliff is popular for sightseers but it has gained infamy for suicides. Several measures have been implemented to dissuade those at risk including physical deterrents such as inward-leaning fences to deter people from jumping, security cameras that monitor the area and several purpose-built Lifeline counselling phone booths which also provide information from support groups.
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Watsons Bay, anchor

This anchor is located at The Gap, an ocean cliff on the South Head peninsula in eastern suburb of Watsons Bay. The Dunbar was a sailing ship carrying 63 passengers and 59 crew that was shipwrecked the rocky cliff at the foot of The Gap with only one survivor. The Dunbar's anchor was recovered fifty years later and placed on the cliffs here with a memorial tablet.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Martin Place, Taronga Wild! Rhinos

"Taronga Wild! Rhinos" is an art event featuring a huge herd of painted rhino sculptures installed around Sydney from February to April. This mass public art exhibition helps raise awareness and valuable funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and conservation projects. This peculiar rhino is located in the mall at Martin Place, off Elizabeth Street. "Camouflage" was created by Hans Hulsbosch and plays with the idea of disguising the rhino as a zebra to hide from the poachers.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Circular Quay, ferries

These two Rivercat Class ferries are moored at the Circular Quay ferry wharves on Sydney Harbour, with Sydney Harbour Bridge as a backdrop. The Betty Cuthbert acquired in 1992 and the Marjorie Jackson acquired in 1993 are part of the fleet that cruises up the Parramatta River. They were named after Betty Cuthbert and Marjorie Jackson, Australian athletes and Olympic gold medallists.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Australian Workers Union Building (Theme Day: People On The Street)

The former Australian Workers Union Building is located along Castlereagh Street. It was built in 1877 in the Victorian architectural style for the New South Wales Protestant Hall Company Ltd. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate and known for the first public airing of Australia's national anthem "Advance Australia Fair" on 30 November 1878. The building was renamed Empire House in the mid-1920s and in 1938 was taken over by the Australian Workers Union as the headquarters. It was sold in 1979 but remained derelict for many years. It was redeveloped in 2013 and now houses "Alpha" a Greek restaurant and "Foodstore" cafe on the ground floor, with "The Hellenic Club" on the upper floors. Here a group of lunchtime diners chat on the footpath, as they depart.
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