Friday, 30 September 2016

Sydney Park, chimneys, sunset

The silhouettes of three of the old brickworks chimneys at Sydney Park, in the inner city suburb of Alexandria, against a fiery sunset. The same chimneys from a slightly different angle can be seen here.

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Newtown, Court House Hotel

The Court House Hotel is located on the corner of Australia Street and Lennox Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. This heritage listed pub was originally built in 1860 with additions made in 1890 in the Victorian architectural style.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Sydney Harbour Bridge

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Sydney Central Local Courthouse

Sydney Central Local Courthouse is located along Liverpool Street. This heritage listed building was designed by James Barnet and Walter Liberty Vernon and built in 1892 in the Federation Free Classical architectural style. It has previously been known as Central Police Courts, Court of Petty Sessions and Central Criminal and Local Court.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Haymarket, In Between Two Worlds

"In Between Two Worlds" is an art installation located in Chinatown at Haymarket. This artwork, created by artist Jason Wing, explores themes of heaven and earth featuring painted wall murals, etched granite floor murals and 30 suspended illuminated spirit figures. This view is from Little Hay Street, looking down Kimber Lane towards Market City.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Hyde Park, Oddfellows Memorial

The Oddfellows Memorial is located in the south-west corner of Hyde Park North, on the corner of Elizabeth and Park Streets. The foundation was erected in memory of the members of the Oddfellows Society who enlisted in World War 1. The Oddfellows movement began in 18th century Britain as a social club, but was reorganised in 1810 into friendly societies, insurance and lending organisations. This memorial drinking fountain consisting of a pink granite and sandstone monolith obelisk set on a stepped sandstone base was created in 1921 by Samuel Lipson.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Hyde Park, John Baptist Fountain

The John Baptist Fountain near Sandringham Gardens in Hyde Park along Park Street. It was originally located at the Baptist Gardens, which is now Redfern Park and contains another Baptist Fountain in Redfern. The site featured market gardens, a nursery and pleasure gardens which attracted visitors in the days before public parks. This fountain was installed there in the 1860s and later donated to the trustees of Hyde Park in 1888. It was removed during construction of the underground railway in 1920 but restored and returned in 2012 as a working fountain. I've captured it here on a day when it wasn't running.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney Showground, Main Arena

These light towers are at the Main Arena of Sydney Showground, in the western suburb of Homebush Bay. This stadium, which was used during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, is now the showring for the Royal Agricultural Society during the annual Royal Easter Show. It's been sixteen years since the Sydney Olympic Games this month.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Sydney Olympic Park, Sports Centre

The Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, formerly the State Sports Centre, is located at Sydney Olympic Park, in the western Sydney suburb of Homebush Bay. It was known as the Basketball Centre during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and was the home to the West Sydney Razorbacks, an Australian professional basketball team and the Sydney Swifts, an Australian netball team. The Razorbacks disbanded and the Swifts merged with another team, so these billboards are heritage items now. Almost difficult to believe that it's as already been sixteen years this month since the Olympics were in Sydney.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Royal Botanic Gardens, barrangal dyara (skin and bones)

This view of the Royal Botanic Gardens includes "barrangal dyara" (skin and bones), a sculptural installation by artist Jonathan Jones. The project recalls the 19th century Garden Palace building, which stood here before it was devastatingly burnt to the ground, along with countless Aboriginal objects that had been collected. It is a response to the immense loss felt throughout Australia due to the destruction of these culturally significant items. The thousands of bleached white shields echo the masses of rubble, the only remnants of the Garden Palace after the fire.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Hyde Park, Archibald Fountain

The Archibald Fountain is an art deco style fountain in Hyde Park, near College Street, designed by French artist Francois Sicard and unveiled on 14 March 1932. The fountain is named after J.F. Archibald, owner and editor of The Bulletin, a newspaper which later became a magazine that encouraged writers to write about Australia. He bequeathed funds to build it to commemorate the association of Australia and France in World War I. The fountain features mythological characters of ancient Greece. The central pedestal features a bronze sculpture of Apollo with the fan-like shape of water formed by jets rising behind it, representing the rising sun. There are three granite plinths radiating from the central pedestal featuring the following bronze sculptures: Artemis, the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt, wild animals and fertility depicted here with a bow, a deer and hunting dogs. Jason with the Golden Fleece and the good things of the earth. Theseus slaying the Minotaur which represents the sacrifice for the good of humanity. The large basin is decorated with six tortoises which throw jets of water.
Today marks the ten year anniversary of the first photo I posted on this blog which was also a photo of this fountain which can be seen here. To celebrate, I returned yesterday for another look at the fountain; this time with St Mary's Cathedral as a backdrop.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Martin Place, mural

This mural has recently been painted on the wall of the MLC Centre, near one of the Martin Place entrances. The artwork is of ‘Fighting’ Father Dave Smith, a professional boxer, black belt and parish priest who uses boxing to help troubled youth in Sydney. It was created by artist Luke Cornish, also known as E.L.K, who has been boxing with Father Smith and has developed a strong bond with him. It is part of the ANZ Street Art Project series, where four murals have transformed unused walls around the city. 

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Ashfield, St John the Baptist Anglican Church, war memorial

This war memorial stands on the grounds of St John the Baptist Anglican Church along Alt Street, in the inner west suburb of Ashfield. The church was built in 1843 with a bell tower and entrance added in 1901. The cenotaph dedication reads: In everlasting tribute to those parishioners of St. John's Church of England Ashfield who served in the fighting forces of Australia during the 2nd World War 1939 - 1945.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Hyde Park, Elizabeth Street

This view across Hyde Park towards Elizabeth Street. The buildings along the street include the heritage listed St. James Building and the Sheraton On The Park Hotel, while the buildings behind are the Citibank Tower, the Stockland Piccadilly Complex, the ANZ Bank Centre and Sydney Tower.
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Friday, 16 September 2016

Sydney Tower

This view of Sydney Tower, rising above the Sheraton Hotel and the J.P. Morgan office building, is from Hyde Park North. Sydney Tower was completed in 1981 and is still Sydney's tallest structure standing at 309 metres tall. The observation deck and revolving restaurant at the top stand above Westfield Sydney shopping centre, previously known as Centrepoint.
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