Saturday, 22 October 2016

The Rocks, Suez Canal, art

This is one of the life-size caricatures located in a narrow laneway known as Suez Canal, at The Rocks. Constructed in the late 19th century, this laneway runs between George Street and Harrington Street, with the name supposedly a pun on "sewers canal". The backlit caricatures which glow at night depict the people who frequented the area in the late 19th century, who were involved in prostitution, slavery and opium.

12 comments:

  1. I know we had as many prostitutes as any other port city, and the same opium... but slavery?

    Hels

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    1. Slavery includes people forced to work for wages significantly below what the labour was valued on the market.

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  2. Oi, not sure I'd like to walk there alone at night, even if the figures ARE caricatures.
    An original way to present history, though.

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  3. Nice capture Jim, I did not know about the 'sewers canal'

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  4. Beautiful, but I imagine the place feels creepy.

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  5. Well captured, Jim
    I like this variation on street art - a clever idea

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  6. It is a creative way to present history- even the unsavoury aspects of history.

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  7. I didn't know they lit up at night. Spooky!

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  8. Hmmm, only the best company, Jim! ;-)
    Many thanks for joining the Saturday Silhouettes meme.

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