Saturday, 13 February 2016

Chinatown, Lunar Lanterns, Snake

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The Snake lantern is located in the Thomas Street pedestrian mall near Ultimo Road in Chinatown, in Haymarket. The lantern was designed by Alex Sommer and Brad Clark, inspired by the ancient art of Chinese basket making and reminiscent of a snake charmer's basket. The Snake is private, wise and intuitive.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Sydney Harbour Bridge, Lunar Lanterns, Dragon

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. This Dragon lantern, created by artist Fan Dongwang is located in Dawes Point Reserve with a backdrop of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Dragon is a symbol of good fortune and a sign of intense power, representing China’s emerging cultural identity.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Chinatown, Lunar Lanterns, Goat

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The Goat lantern is located in the Dixon Street pedestrian mall near Little Hay Street in Chinatown, in Haymarket. It has been brought from Guangzhou, the city in Southern China, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the sister city agreement with Sydney signed in 1986. The Chinese Gardens in Sydney’s Darling Harbour were a gift to the people of Sydney from Guangzhou. Curated by Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw, and featuring the work of some of our most exciting contemporary artists, 12 incredible lanterns will form a path across our city. The Goat is wise, dependable and calm, as well as creative, compassionate and fond of the quiet life.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Martin Place, Lunar Lanterns, Horse

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The western end of Martin Place features the Horse lantern, recalling the might of China’s ancient armies, depicting a chariot led by terracotta war horses. It was created by artist Jiahua (Justin) Qian, born in Nanjing, now living and working in Sydney. The Horse is animated, active and energetic. They love to be in a crowd and to take centre-stage.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Martin Place, Lunar Lanterns, Ox

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The eastern end of Martin Place features this giant lantern of the Ox, comprising of illuminated Mahjong tiles. The colour red evokes passion and radiant energy, while jade green represents good fortune and prosperity. The Ox is known for its diligence, dependability, strength and determination.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Sydney Opera House, Lunar Lanterns, Monkey

Lunar Lanterns have been installed around the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. In the Chinese zodiac, every year is symbolised by an animal and this year is the Year of the Monkey. The forecourt of the Sydney Opera House features these lanterns created by Australian artist Laurens Tan. The three wise monkeys, who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil, are perched on top of a pencil with the Chinese characters for “Sydney”. The Monkey is cheeky, fun loving, inquisitive and wise, as well as charismatic, loyal and charming.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Liverpool, Pioneers’ Memorial Park

Pioneers’ Memorial Park is located along the Hume Highway, between Campbell Street and Macquarie Street, in the south western suburb of Liverpool. This was originally the site of the cemetery of St Luke's Anglican Church. In 1970, the cemetery was converted into a rest park, featuring the original headstones in a memorial wall.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Liverpool, Georges River

This view of the Georges River is from Lighthorse Park, in the south western suburb of Liverpool, as a flock of ducks fly past.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Liverpool, Lighthorse Park, steam engine

Lighthorse Park sits beside the Georges River in the western suburb of Liverpool. This restored steam engine produced by Marshall, Sons & Co, sits in the middle of the park. Lighthorse Park also contains a war memorial dedicated to mounted troops known as the Australian Light Horse Brigade.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Surry Hills, Hotel Stellar

The Hotel Stellar is located on the corner of Wentworth Avenue and Wemyss Lane, in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. This heritage listed building began as a four storey warehouse designed by Robertson Marks Architects and built in the Federation architectural style in 1918. Three new floors were added in 1925 when it was named Roylt House. It was predominately used by the garment industry until 1972 when it ws partly renovated to suit Stellar Mining, a sapphire mining and polishing business. In 1980, it was remodelled to an inner city residential serviced apartment development known as Stellar House. It was repainted in the historic 1925 heritage colour and renovated in 2013 to it's present 4-star level of hotel accommodation.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

South Coogee

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Newtown, shops

This building is located along King Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It is heritage listed for being a good example of a commercial building in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style. It now houses a Chinese and a Seafood restaurant.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Newtown, cafe (Theme Day: Scene from a Coffee House)

This cafe is located on the corner of Missenden Road and Longdown Street and in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It is part of a heritage listed row of former Victorian Filigree style terrace houses designed by Herbert S Thompson and constructed in 1890. This is the original Campos coffee shop which has established a great reputation with its brand of coffee now available across Australia in Campos coffee shops and many other cafes. The cafe has been painted in the company colour of olive green and features a mural of their logo which is a latte art rosetta. 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Newtown, school

The former Newtown Primary School is on the corner of King Street and Newman Street, in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It was designed by George Allen Mansfield as a two storey Victorian Free Gothic building in 1875, with later additions in 1892 and a three storey tower at the main entrance in 1921. It is now part of the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. A war memorial, located just outside the school, was erected in memory of all former pupils of Newtown Primary School who served in the First World War.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Haymarket, Memory Lines

Memory Lines or the Australian Workers Memorial is located in Reflection Park near the Sydney Entertainment Centre, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. This 4.5 metre sculpture was designed by Ingrid Skirka and is made from bronze, steel and cement. It is a memorial dedicated to those workers who lost their lives in the workplace.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Ultimo, Dalgety Woolstores warehouse

The former Dalgety Woolstores is bounded by Wattle Street, William Henry Street and Jones Street, in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. It was built in 1895 in the Federation architectural style. An extensive fire in 1990 destroyed the timber internal structure. The building was refurbished in 1992 as two separate apartment developments with a concrete internal structure.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Ultimo, Farmers and Graziers warehouse

The former Farmers and Graziers No.1 woolstore is located along Wattle Street, in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. It was built in 1895 in the Federation architectural style. To expand the capacity, the Farmers and Graziers No.2 warehouse was built around the corner of Macarthur Street in Jones Street in 1935. This heritage listed building was converted to apartments and retail space in the 1990s.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Circular Quay, fast ferry

This fast ferry is waiting at the Circular Quay ferry wharves with the Sydney Opera House in the background. Manly Fast Ferry is a privately owned company which provides ferry services from the northern beaches suburb of Manly to Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Loftus Street, monument and flag

This sandstone plinth with a flagpole is located along Loftus Street, outside Customs House and opposite Jessie Street Gardens at Circular Quay. The plinth contains a plaque unveiled on the 26th January 1988 to commemorate the bicentenary of the founding of the colony of New South Wales while the flagpole flies the Union Jack flag. The plaque reads: This Flag Mast Was Erected To Commemorate The Location At Which The First Ceremony of Saluting The Flag By Captain Arthur Phillip R.N. And His Company Took Place To Mark The Foundation Of Australia On 26th January 1788. I chose to show this photo today because it is Australia Day, which celebrates this event.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Enmore, street art

This graffiti tag is on the wall around a warehouse located on the corner of Gladstone Street and Phillip Street, in the inner west suburb of Enmore. The owners have allowed graffiti to be applied here since 2006 and artwork keeps changing. This wall on the corner currently features a graffiti tag by "Bones". The area also features other street art such as this black plaster cast of a television and video cassette recorder with the word "obsolescence" embossed on the screen, installed on the footpath in front of the wall.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Brighton-Le-Sands, St Thomas More Catholic Church

St Thomas More Catholic Church is located along Bay Street, in the southern suburb of Brighton-Le-Sands. The parish was established in 1937 and this church was built in 1964.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Darling Point, Sea's Nest

"Sea's Nest" is a sculpture in Yarranabbe Park on the shore of Rushcutters Bay, in the eastern suburb of Darling Point. It was designed by Zhang Yangen and in 2012 featured in the Sculpture By The Sea outdoor sculpture exhibition. It was installed in this park in 2015 by the local council.

Rushcutters Bay, Elizabeth Bay

Rushcutters Bay and Elizabeth Bay at sunset viewed from Yarranabbe Park, in the eastern suburb of Darling Point.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Hunters Hill, Masonic Temple

This Masonic Temple is located along Alexandria Street, in the lower north shore suburb of Hunters Hill. The hall is also used as a community centre these days.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Woolwich, pontoon

This bridge leading to a small pontoon on the Parramatta River is located at the marina at the end of Margaret Street, in the lower north shore suburb of Woolwich. Cockatoo Island can be seen in the near distance while the Sydney skyline is in the far distance towards the left.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Woolwich, school

Woolwich Primary School is located along Woolwich Road in the lower north shore suburb of Woolwich. This heritage listed building was built in 1892 in the Federation architectural style.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Woolwich, Marist Sisters' Convent

The former Marist Sisters' Convent is located along Woolwich Road in the lower north shore suburb of Woolwich. It was built in 1908 in the Federation architectural style and is now part of the Marist Sisters' College, a Catholic secondary school for girls.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Woolwich, theatre

The Hunters Hill Theatre is located along Margaret Street, in the lower north shore suburb of Woolwich. The heritage-listed building was originally St John's Anglican Church, designed by Cyril Blacket and built in 1908 in the Victorian Free Gothic architectural style. The Hunters Hill Theatre began in 1930 and staged productions in various locations including the Town Hall, church halls and little Stables Theatre. In 1978 they found a permanent home in the timber church hall behind St John's until 1993 when it was destroyed by a fire lit by vandals. In 1995, it took over the deconsecrated St John's Church.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Gymea Bay

A view of Gymea Bay, on the Port Hacking estuary, which gives its name to the southern suburb of Gymea Bay.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Circular Quay

This view of Circular Quay is from the Overseas Passenger Terminal, as a couple of ferries at the ferry wharves. This was taken a while ago when a crane had been brought in to refurbish the wharves. The city skyline rises above Circular Quay railway station and the elevated Cahill Expressway above it.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The Galeries, Wrapped

This structure is part of the "Wrapped" display suspended above centre court of The Galeries shopping centre, in the Citigroup Centre. It was created for Christmas as a tribute to oddly shaped presents, with three giant wrapped presents looking suspiciously like a bottle, headphones and a sneaker. After Christmas, the gifts were unwrapped and remain on display for the post-Christmas Sales. I featured the wrapped version here last week.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Barangaroo, boat

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Newtown, cinema

This former cinema is located King Street in the inner city suburb of Newtown. In the early 1900s the site was occupied by the original Hub Theatre. This art deco-style building operted as a cinema until 1965 when it was converted into a community hall and renamed the Burland Community Hall. From 1986 to 1995 the upper floor of the hall was the Newtown branch library. After the library moved to new premises the building was redeveloped into offices and retail space.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Woolloomooloo, corner shop

This former corner shop and residence is located on the corner of Forbes Street and Best Street, in the inner city suburb of Woolloomooloo. Along Forbes Street are a number of two storey terrace houses built in the same style.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Wolloomooloo, Finger Wharf

The restored interior of the Wolloomooloo Finger Wharf, located in the eastern suburb of Woolloomooloo. This former wool and cargo dock on Wolloomooloo Bay was built in 1915 and remained part of the working port until the 1970s when container ports and airports reduced the need for wharves. It was restored in the 1990s and redeveloped into a hotel, apartments, commercial offices, restaurants and a marina. This space between industrial conveyor-belt relics is used for functions such as the recent centenary gala dinner and cocktail party.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Woolloomooloo, wharf

The Wolloomooloo Finger Wharf is located in the eastern suburb of Woolloomooloo. It was a working wharf on Wolloomooloo Bay until the 1970s. It was redeveloped in the 1990s into a hotel, apartments, commercial offices, restaurants and a marina. The additional apartments were built at the northern end of the wharf are some of the most expensive in Sydney with the marina along the western wharf for residents.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Sydney Tower

Sydney Tower, the Stockland Piccadilly Complex and the MLC Centre, viewed past a palm tree in Hyde Park South. Sydney Tower is Sydney's tallest structure standing at 309 metres tall. It was completed in 1981 above what was then known as the Centrepoint shopping centre, now Westfield Sydney.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

The Galeries, Wrapped

"Wrapped" is a display which is suspended above centre court of The Galeries shopping centre, in the Citigroup Centre. It was created for Christmas and Sale time as a tribute to oddly shaped presents. Before Christmas the three giant wrapped presents looked suspiciously like a bottle, headphones and a sneaker. After Christmas, the gifts were unwrapped and remain on display for the post-Christmas Sales.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Botanic Gardens, trees

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Botanic Gardens, flowers