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.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Centennial Park, Duck Pond, sunset

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Rozelle, theatre

The former Rozelle Theatre is located along Lilyfield Road in the inner west suburb of Rozelle. It was designed by architect Charles Bohringer and built in 1927, replacing a theatre that was on this site from 1912. It closed in 1960 and was converted into a reception centre. It now has shops on the ground floor and apartments on the floors above.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Sydney Harbour, seal

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Ultimo, Mary Ann Park

Mary Ann Park is located along Mary Ann Street in the inner city suburb of Ultimo. The Sydney Technical College building, which is part of the Sydney Institute of TAFE (Technical and Further Education), is on the opposite site of the road. It was designed by William Kemp and built in 1891 in the Federation Romanesque architectural style.
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Monday, 17 October 2016

Haymarket, mural

This mural has recently been painted on the wall of a ten storey hotel along Harbour Street, between Pier Street and Little Pier Street, in the inner city suburb of Haymarket. The artwork is of Jenny Munro, founder of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy, who has been fighting for Aboriginal housing rights for more than four decades and is being celebrated for her contribution to the community. It was created by street artist Matt Adnate and is part of the ANZ Street Art Project series, where four murals have transformed unused walls around the city. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Glebe, manse

"Reussdale" is the former presbyterian manse along Bridge Road, in the inner city suburb of Glebe. It was the house of minister of the Glebe Presbyterian church which stands alongside it. This heritage listed building was designed by Ferdinand Reuss Snr and built in 1870 in the Victorian Rustic Gothic architectural style.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Blackwattle Bay, Anzac Bridge

Sunset view across Blackwattle Bay towards the Anzac Bridge and city skyline from Blackwattle Bay Park, in the inner city suburb of Glebe.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Watsons Bay, baths

The sun drops behind the northern suburb of Mosman, viewed across Sydney Harbour from Watsons Bay Baths, in the eastern suburb of Watsons Bay.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Wynyard Street, Terraced

"Terraced" is a multi-site photographic installation that places large-scale images of terraced houses on other buildings around the city. The side wall of this convenience store on the corner of Wynyard Street and York Street features one of these displays. The artworks were photographed by artist James Voller has photographed in inner city suburbs such as Redfern, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. It is part of the "Art and About Sydney" which features temporary art installations around the city

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Botanic Gardens, Farm Cove

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

General Post Office

The western façade of the General Post Office (GPO) building, along George Street near the corner of Martin Place. The GPO was constructed in stages from 1866 to 1891 and was designed by colonial architect James Barnet in the Victorian Free Classical architectural style.

Monday, 10 October 2016

Marrickville, street art

This street art appears on the side of a terrace house on the corner of Smith Street and Fitzroy Street, in the inner west suburb of Marrickville. It has been used as a colourful way to cover graffiti and tags but as can partially be seen here, this hasn't prevented the taggers from moving onto the next available wall, on the left.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Rookwood, family vault

The John Paul Family Vault is a large monument in Rookwood Cemetery. The following information is from his obituary. Mr John Paul, who died in 1925 at his residence, Wolseley Road Point Piper, had reached the advanced age of 85. He started a business in Erskine Street in 1863 in the firm of Potts and Paul Ship Chandlers. Later, he founded the firm of Paul and Gray Ltd. in Sussex Street, and was the head of that firm until his retirement. He was associated with sea sports and sea life and was understood to be one of the oldest members of the Sydney branch of the League of Ancient Mariners. He leaves two sons, Dr. Norman Paul and Dr. Oscar Paul, both of whom practise in Macquarie Street.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

263 Clarence Street

This office and retail building is located along Clarence Street between between Market Street and Druitt Street. It's not a remarkeable building but the glass facade features an interesting geometric design.

Friday, 7 October 2016

Centennial Park, Duck Pond, sunset

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Centennial Park, Federation Gateway

Federation Gateway, near Anzac Parade, provides a grand opening to Federation Way from Moore Park to Centennial Park. This contemporary gate stands eight metres tall in timber, copper, bronze and cast iron and is inspired by the geometry of tree canopies. It was designed by Australian architect and urban designer, Alexander Tzannes and built in 2001 for the the Australian Centenary of Federation.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Sydney Harbour, rock

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Chippendale, bank

The former English, Scottish and Australasian Bank is located along Broadway, in the inner city suburb of Chippendale. It was designed by Robertson and Marks and built in 1930 in the Inter-War Free Classical architectural style. When I photographed this building it was a bar, bistro and nightclub. It is now known as Jesuit House, a residence for graduates from Jesuit schools and serves as a volunteer study, socialising and planning centre and outreach to the poor.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Arncliffe, tunnel mural

This is part of a mural on the wall of a new pedestrian tunnel which opened recently, under the railway line in the southern suburb of Arncliffe. Students at the nearby Al Zahra College provided drawings centred on the school's vision and purpose, which the artist used to create this mural.

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Redfern, Cathedral of the Annunciation Of Our Lady Theotokos

The Cathedral of the Annunciation Of Our Lady Theotokos is a Greek Orthodox Church on Cleveland Street, in the inner city suburb of Redfern. This heritage listed sandstone church was formerly St Paul's Anglican Church, designed by Edmund Blacket and built in 1848 in in the Colonial Decorated Gothic architectural style.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Surry Hills, warehouse (Theme Day: Abandoned)

The Griffith's Teas Building is an abandoned warehouse building in the inner city suburb of Surry Hills. This heritage listed former warehouse is a triangular building along Wentworth Avenue and Commonwealth Street, meeting at Goulburn Street. It was designed by Kent, Budden and Greenwell and built in 1915 in the Federation architectural style for Griffith's Bros Pty Ltd, who were Tea, Coffee and Cocoa Merchants. It was owned by property moguls who had a portfolio of properties around Sydney which they planned to restore but lay abandoned or derelict for many years. They have set up a charitable foundation which has recently sold this building for redevelopment as apartments.
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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.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

McMahons Point, Sydney Harbour Bridge

This ferry makes its way across Lavender Bay towards the MacMahons Point ferry wharf, viewed from a private wharf in the north shore suburb of McMahons Point. The Alexander is a First Fleet Class ferry acquired in 1985 and is part of the fleet that operates on the Inner Harbour. It was named The Alexander, after the one of eleven ships of the First Fleet that sailed to Australia in 1787. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House provide an iconic backdrop.

I'm going on holidays for the next few weeks so I'll be taking a break from posting until mid-September.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Barangaroo, Sculpture at Barangaroo

"Sculpture at Barangaroo" is a temporary exhibition from 6 August until 21 August 2016 in Barangaroo Reserve, in the inner city suburb of Barangaroo. "The Grove" was created by Margarita Sampson in 2014 and originally displayed at Marks Park in Tamaramaas part of "Sculpture by the Sea". The two pieces in this work are part of series exploring our vanishing relationship with nature, shelter and community. Each work resembles a pod, fruit, dwelling or tree with branches and antlers extending from the top.