Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Coogee, benches

These aluminium benches follow the shape of the sandstone wall along the cliff at the southern of Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Located near the Coogee surf Life Saving Club, they provide a view of Wedding Cake Island, one kilometre off the coast in the Pacific Ocean.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Coogee, Reclaiming Spirit

'Reclaiming Spirit', also known as the Bali Memorial, is located in Dunningham Reserve at Dolphin Point, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. Located at the end of a winding pathway, this bronze sculpture was created by Sasha Reid in 2003, dedicated to the Australian victims of the Bali bombings in 2002. There were twenty victims from the eastern suburbs, including six members of the Coogee Dolphins rugby league team. The sculpture represents three linked figures signifying family, friends and community. 

Monday, 21 July 2014

Coogee Beach, Dunningham Reserve

These picnic shelters are in Dunningham Reserve near Coogee Beach, in the eastern suburb of Coogee. It can be quite cool on the coast at this time of the year so there aren't many people using them for picnics. The blue and yellow colours are perfectly suitable for this beach locale.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Woolloomooloo, hotel

This former hotel is located on the corner of Sir John Young Crescent and Palmer Street in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo. The Royal Domain Hotel was built around 1876 in the Victorian Classical architecture with elements of Romanesque Revival detail. It was later known as the Merryfield Hotel and is today divided into residential apartments.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Cook and Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre

The Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre sits partly below the square along College Street. It has lots of reflective surfaces, from its glass walls and ceilings to its rooftop and courtyard fountains, and all the indoor pools. The Parkes-Farmer Wing and the Barnet Wing of the Australian Museum, along William Street, can be seen behind it.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Drummoyne, The Serpent

The Serpent is a sculpture located along the winding Henley Marine Drive, in the inner west suburb of Drummoyne. The artwork was created by former Drummoyne resident Jason Wing, an artist who identifies with his Aboriginal and Asian heritage. It was inspired by the ‘Rainbow Serpent’ from Aboriginal mythology and a ‘winding road’ street sign. The Iron Cove Bridge can be seen in the background crossing Iron Cove.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Macquarie Street, heritage plaque

This commemorative plaque is located along the footpath Macquarie Street near the state parliament building. These brass heritage plaques around the city commemorate heritage buildings, lost buildings from the past and some proposed buildings that were never built. This elaborate building was planned in 1888 to be built by 1901 but the plans were never realised.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Campbells Cove, Sydney Harbour Bridge, tall ship

The tall ship Søren Larsen is seen here departing from Campbells Cove at The Rocks for an afternoon sail on Sydney Harbour. This view is from the top deck of the Overseas Passenger Terminal looking out towards the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Millers Point, Sydney Harbour Bridge

This view of Dawes Point and the Sydney Harbour Bridge is from Observatory Park on Observatory Hill, in the inner city suburb of Millers Point. The gun sits behind the South African War Memorial, which is dedicated to those who fought in the Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa. It was one of eight Krupp 75mm QF Feldkanone L/24 used by the Transvaal Staatsartillerie from 1895.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Customs Square, sculpture

This giant coin sculpture has been installed in Customs Square at Circular Quay to encourage recycling and promote a Container Deposit Scheme. It consists of coloured water bottle to form an image of an Australian ten cent coin. Drink containers are the most littered items in Australia but with a cash for container scheme, a ten cent refund could reduce litter and increase recycling rates to 95%. The sculpture was made by Paper Moose productions, where over 50 per cent of the staff ride their bikes to work, even in winter. The structure is made with Thankyou Water bottles, where sales from each bottle contributes to one month's supply of water to a developing country. It also features LED lighting for a low-energy night-time display.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Darling Harbour, Chinese Garden of Friendship, pond

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Darling Harbour Marina

Looking across Darling Harbour Marina at Cockle Bay Wharf on a sunny day. Sydney Imax and the Western Distributor flyovers are in the background. An iceberg is floating in Cockle Bay as part of the Cool Yule winter festival.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Martin Place, redevelopment

This former office building at 20 Martin Place is currently being redeveloped. Much of the building has been demolished but the steel beams and girders remain, suggesting they will be reused in the construction of the new building. The skeleton of this building was lit up during the recent Vivid Sydney festival which can be seen here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

The Rocks, Arena Calcetto

Arena Calcetto is an installation along Playfair Street at The Rocks. Each of the Six timber towers, 10 metres high, hide an individually handcrafted foosball table with custom-made players. They were created by a community collective known as Archrival, originally for the 13th Venice International Architecture Biennale in 2012 and will be here until September.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Circular Quay, ferry

This view of Sydney Harbour and the Circular Quay ferry wharves, towards Sydney Opera House and East Circular Quay is from the footpath beside the Cahill Expressway, above Circular Quay railway station. The Queenscliff is a Freshwater Class ferry acquired in 1983 and is part of the fleet that operates from Circular Quay to Manly. It was named Queenscliff after the northern suburb near Manly.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Rocks, post box

This historic post box is located along Playfair Street at The Rocks, near The Rocks Square. These cylindrical cast iron red painted pillar boxes were produced around 1870 by Triggs and Marr. They feature a letter slot on two sides and a finial of a stylised waratah with embossed acanthus leaves on top of the box.

Monday, 7 July 2014

Newtown, stencil graffiti

This stencil graffiti is located on the side of a commercial building on the corner of King Street and Bray Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. A small political poster with a drawing on it for an alternative political party has also been posted on this wall.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Bexley, St Gabriel's Catholic Church

St Gabriel's Catholic Church is located along Stoney Creek Road, in the southern suburb of Bexley. It was designed by Arthur Benfield and built in 1952 in the Post-war American Colonial architectural style.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Cockle Bay, tree

This is one of the illuminated trees that has been installed along the shore at Darling Harbour. It is part of the Cool Yule winter festival celebrations. In the distance is an iceberg that is floating in Cockle Bay.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Kogarah Bay, sunset

A cloudy sky over Kogarah Bay produced this dramatic sunset.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Mortdale, hotel

Mortdale Hotel is located on the corner of Pitt Street and George Street, in the southern suburb of Mortdale. It was built in 1930 in the inter-war architectural style and replaced the Saltwell's Hotel which had operated near Memorial Park since 1895.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Botanic Gardens, flowers

These flowers are located in front of the Conservatorium Gate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, close to Macquarie Street. There aren't many plants in bloom at this time of year so these bursts of colour are welcome sight.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Camperdown, Victoria Park Pool (Theme Day: Celebrating Summer)

Victoria Park Pool is located in the middle of a nine-hectare park in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. Victoria Park is on the corner of City Road and Parramatta Road. It's actually winter in Australia right now so this outdoor pool wouldn't attract as many swimmers right now but this photo was taken in the middle of summer.
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Monday, 30 June 2014

Botanic Gardens, Wuganmagulya

"Wuganmagulya" is an artwork in the walkway along the shore of Farm Cove in the Royal Botanic Gardens. It was created by indigenous artist Brenda L. Croft in 2000 and comprises terrazzo and stained concrete insets into the pathway depicting figures such as these frogs from Sydney rock carvings, some of which are now lost.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Camperdown, Baxter's Lodge

Baxter's Lodge is a gate house of the University of Sydney, located along Parramatta Road leading into University Avenue, in the inner city suburb of Camperdown. It was designed by Leslie Wilkinson in the Gothic Revival architectural style and built in 1940.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Darlington, Keith Murray footbridge

The Keith Murray footbridge, over City Road, connects the Darlington and Camperdown campuses of the University of Sydney. This view is towards the Wentworth Building in the inner city suburb of Darlington. The original footbridge was built in 1966 but was replaced by this new bridge in 2008.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Darling Island, street lamp

This street lamp is located at Darling Island, in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. Darling Island was levelled and joined to the mainland with hewn rock in the late 1840s when it became home to shipbuilding yards, The building on the right is a former wharf warehouse which was redeveloped in the 2000s into an apartment building with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour. Barangaroo and the Sydney skyline including Sydney Tower.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Pyrmont, The Star, sign

The Star casino features this sign outside the Pirrama Road entrance, in the inner city suburb of Pyrmont. The large letters have been wrapped in Australia's sporting colours, green and gold, to celebrate Australia's participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The venue hosts live screenings of the soccer matches for the duration of the World Cup.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney

The Sydney Opera House was illuminated for the Vivid Sydney Festival, the festival of light, music and ideas which ran from 23 May to 9 June 2014. The animated artworks for the Lighting of the Sails projection were created by 59 Productions.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Glebe, school

The Kerrie Murphy Building is located on the corner of Bay Street and Macarthur Street, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. This contemporary building, named after a former principal, was built in 2011 houses a primary school library, a ground floor covered outdoor learning area, languages faculty offices and a multipurpose space for the International Grammar School.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Glebe, mural

This "Enjoy Glebe" mural is located on the side of a house on the corner of Wentworth Street and Mitchell Street, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. It features the styling of a couple of corporate logos and includes the postcode "2037", a peace symbol, the aboriginal flag, the acronym for Glebe Youth Service and a small sign that declares: "This is a legal graffiti wall". 
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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Darling Harbour, footbridge

This contemporary footbridge takes pedestrians over Harbour Street, from Liverpool Street to Tumbalong Park and the Darling Quarter at Darling Harbour. The unusual shapes and turns crete some interesting shadows.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Sydney Opera House, Vivid Sydney

The Sydney Opera House was illuminated for the Vivid Sydney Festival, a festival of light, music and ideas which ran from 23 May to 9 June 2014. The animated artworks for this year's Lighting of the Sails projection were created by 59 Productions
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