Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Paddington, George Smith Memorial Hall

The George Smith Memorial Hall is located along Newcombe Street, in the eastern suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed building was built around 1910 in the Federation Romanesque architectural style for the former Paddington Methodist Church, now Paddington Uniting Church. It now houses offices for the Uniting Church, Eastside Arts, Paddington Markets and Community Mental Health Services.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909. The Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Assyian period is represented by "Assur Natsir Pal, King of Assyria" created by Gilbert Bayes PRBS in 1906. It depicts Ashurnasirpal II, from 883-859 B.C., with the Queen at the opening of a new building. After the death of Tiglath-Pileser III, Assyria had been reduced to comparative powerlessness, but under him the boundaries of the empire were extended, palaces, temples and other buildings were built, whose elaborate sculptures and rich paintings culminated the first period of Assyrian Art. The name "Giotto" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Paddington Town Hall

Paddington Town Hall is located on the corner of Oxford Street and Oatley Road, in the inner city suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed building was designed by John Edward Kemp and built in 1891 in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Paddington, Old Manse

The Old Manse stands beside the former St John's Presbyterian Church, along Oxford Street, in the inner city suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed, two storey building was built in the Colonial Georgian architectural style in 1845 and was used as a school house. The church and manse were redeveloped in 2015 and this building is now home to the offices of a real estate agent.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Marrickville, Cooks River, sunset

This sunset view is reflected in the Cooks River, between the inner west suburb of Marrickville and the south western suburb of Earlwood. This view is from a reserve close to Undercliffe Bridge which carries Illawarra Road over the river.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Paddington, house

"Pendower" is a heritage listed house located along Oxford Street, in the eastern suburb of Paddington. It was built in the Federation Queen Anne architectural style as a residence but in recent years has been used as an art gallery known as The Caspium Gallery. A sign declares that it is currently "For Lease".

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Paddington, school

Paddington Public School is located along Oxford Street, in the eastern suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed building was designed by G A Mansfield and built in 1856 in the Victorian Italianate architectural style. The two additional wings were designed by W E Kemp and built in 1893 in the Federation Free Classical architectural style.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Darlinghurst, Taylor Square, art

This artwork has been installed in Taylor Square, on the corner of Oxford Street and Flinders Street, in the inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. "40 Years of Love" was created by the Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS) for the City of Sydney as a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The symbols featured include those for repression, adversity, freedom, inclusion, diversity and love.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909. The Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Roman period is represented by "Augustus at Nimes" created by Sir William Reid Dick in 1931. It depicts Emperor Caesar Augustus in the Roman colony of Nîmes, now in France. The name "Rembrandt" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Paddington, Uniting Church

Paddington Uniting Church is located long Oxford Street, in the eastern suburb of Paddington. This heritage listed building was designed by Thomas Rowe and built in 1877 in the Victorian Romanesque architectural style as the Paddington Methodist Church.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Lotus Pond

The Lotus Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens has no plants visible above the water in the middle of winter. The fountain in the centre is known as the Bird Bath Fountain, first installed before 1879 but replaced in 1987, due to damage. The pond looks very different in spring

Friday, 20 July 2018

Rodd Point, Iron Cove

Sunset over Iron Cove on the Parramatta River towards Rodd Point, viewed from Sensory Park in the inner west suburb of Lilyfield.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

York Street, Merchant Pacific House

Merchant Pacific House is a commercial building along York Street, opposite the Queen Victoria Building. The heritage listed former warehouse was designed by Spain, Cosh & Minett and built in 1915 in the Federation architectural style. It was previously known as Leitch House.

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond, flowers

A display of winter flowers near the Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens, looking towards the Sydney skyline.

Botanic Gardens, Choragic Monument of Lysicrates

The perfectly manicured flower beds in the Royal Botanic Gardens around the replica of the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909. The Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Egyptian period is represented by "Queen Hatasu of Egypt" created by Countess Feodora Gleichen in 1906 and unveiled in 1907. It depicts Queen Hatasu, or Hatshepsut, giving directions for the construction of her famous avenue of Ram-headed Sphinxes, from her temple, Deir-el-Bahari, to the bank of the Nile, and thence to the farther shore of the Temple of Karnak. The name "Raphael" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Millers Point, St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church and School

St Brigid's Roman Catholic Church and School is located along Kent Street, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. It was originally a single storey, two classroom stone building designed by Ambrose Hallen and Mortimer Lewis, built in 1835 in the Georgian architectural style. The sanctuary was added in the late 1860s in matching stone. The upper level was a dramatic change made in 1933, designed by Roarty & Roarty in the art deco style.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, Main Pond

The view across Main Pond in the Royal Botanic Gardens on a clear Winter day, towards the Venus Fountain statue in the Main Pond of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The original marble sculpture was erected before 1880 but had badly deteriorated and was replaced in 1994 by a copy cast in bronze.

Friday, 13 July 2018

Macquarie Street, The Astor

The Astor is a residential apartment building located on the corner of Macquarie Street and Phillip Lane. This heritage listed, thirteen storey building was designed by Esplin & Mould and constructed in 1923 in the Interwar Free Classical architectural style.

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, PlantClinic

PlantClinic’ is a plant disease research laboratory, in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was opened in 2017 and conducts research and scientific work on plant diseases that pose a significant threat to Australia. The buildings above are Sydney Tower, MLC CentreDeutsche Bank Place and Chifley Tower.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, sculpture

"Magnolia" is a sculpture created by Bronwyn Oliver in 1999, which sits in a garden bed in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The same artist also created another sculpture nearby in the gardens called "Palm".

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Botanic Gardens, bench

The Henry Kendall memorial seat is located near the Woolloomooloo Gate entrance of the Royal Botanic Gardens. The art deco style seat of carved sandstone was commissioned by Mrs A. Hamilton-Grey and designed by Wilfred Rhodes in memory of the poet Henry Kendall. It features two winged horses, Pegasus from Greek mythology, which were carved by L. Bicego in 1939. The back of the seat has inscribed lines from Kendall's works: "All my days have been the days of a laborious life and ever on my struggling soul has burnt the fierce light of this hurried sphere."

Monday, 9 July 2018

Art Gallery of New South Wales, sculpture

This is one of four relief panels which adorns the facade of the Art Gallery of New South Wales along Art Gallery Road at The Domain. The original wing and facade were built between 1896 and 1909. The Trustees decided to beautify it with a series of six bronze relief panels designed to depict the six "distinctive historical art periods" of the Assyrian, Egyptian, Grecian, Roman, Gothic and Renaissance but only the four older of the six intended panels were ever completed. The Grecian period is represented by "Phryne before Praxiteles" created by Percival Ball at the Singer and Sons Foundry in England in 1900 and unveiled in 1903. Phryne was an ancient Greek courtesan and model shown before the sculptor Praxiteles from the fourth century BC. The name "Titian" is one of 32 artists lettered in bronze below the entablature.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Bronte, Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery overlooks the Pacific Ocean, in the eastern suburb of Bronte. The first interment took place here in 1877 and this heritage listed sandstone administration building along St. Thomas Street was built around 1880 in the Victorian architectural style. The building in summer can be seen here.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Millers Point, Towns Place North

A view of Towns Place North from Pier 8/9 Wharf on Walsh Bay, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. The two storey timber-framed weatherboard building was built in 1910 as a detached office building for the port facilities at the Walsh Bay wharves. The former warehouses along The Promenade have been converted to apartments with shops, restaurants and cafes.
Linked to: Weekend Reflections.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Wolli Creek, railway station, sunset

A sunset view of silhouetted trees and overhead railway wires from the platform at Wolli Creek railway station.
Linked to: Skywatch Friday.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Domain, NSW Police Wall of Remembrance

The NSW Police Wall of Remembrance is located in the Crescent Precinct of The Domain. It was erected in 1999 for New South Wales police officers who have lost their lives in the course of their duty. The front of the memorial with the list of police officers' names can be seen here. City buildings including Sydney Tower can be seen in the distance.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Waverley, reservoir

A side view of the heritage listed water reservoir which is located along Paul Street, in the eastern suburb of Waverley. Nicknamed "Stonehenge", Waverley Reservoir No.1 was completed in 1887 and was the last of four reservoirs built to augment the Botany Swamps Scheme. The other three reservoirs were Crown Street Reservoir in 1859, Paddington Reservoir in 1864 and Woollahra Reservoir in 1880.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Surry Hills, Commercial Bank building

The former Commercial Bank building is located between Flinders Street and Bourke Street at Taylor Square, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. It was built in 1910 and was previously home to the Taylor Square Hotel and once known as the T2 building.This building previously featured an artwork on its facade called "Always Was, Always Will Be" by Reko Rennie.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Redfern, art

This bronze triptych artwork is located in the grounds of St Vincents de Paul Catholic Church, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. It shares the thoughts of Father Ted Kennedy who tells the story of "Mum Shirl", Colleen Shirley Perry, a powerful advocate for Aboriginal rights and welfare. She assisted in establishing the Aboriginal Medical and Legal Service in Redfern in the 1970s, visited prisoners in prison, opened her home to help the addicted and homeless and helped raise over 60 children. Both Shirl and Ted are depicted in the artwork.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Rookwood, Eternal Rest Complex (Theme Day: Spirit)

The Eternal Rest Complex is a contemporary chapel located on the corner of Barnet Avenue and Haslem Drive, in Rookwood Cemetery in the western suburb of Rookwood. "Victory" is the sculpture of Jesus Christ created by Linda Karfeld and dedicated in 2004.
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