Nov 26, 2012

Sculpture by the Sea, 2012 (1)

Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi) was held from 18th October - 4th November 2012, along the 2km coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama beaches. The exhibition featured over 100 sculptures by Australian and international artists.
The sculptures shown in this post were on or near Tamarama beach.

Above: Michael Dickson - sculpture:shelter (foreground
Mark James Emery - bamboo waves (centre)
Karin van der Molen -surprise  (top left)
Joan Costa - alga infinita (top right)

Michael Purdy - spinal column (right)
'This sculpture is about growth'

Linda Bowden - reclining figures (below)

Staccato - poom  (above and left)

Four graduating students from the College of Fine Arts, Chung-Ang University, South Korea.
The motif comes from a Korean children's game. Made from used clothes covering a steel frame.

Alex Ritchie - kaleidoscope cube (below)

Made from polished aluminium, the sculpture 'allows viewers an extraordinary variety of reflective views'.

Ruth Downes & Geoff Webster - casting around (below)

Nov 16, 2012

Woodford - Transit of Venus

We started this bush walk at the end of Clearview Parade Hazelbrook (below)

The track is so called, because an observatory was set up not far from the Woodford Academy, to house a 114mm telescope and other instruments, needed for the observation of the 9th December 1874 Transit of Venus.

The passing of Venus between the Sun and Earth, was an important event, as it enabled scientists to better calculate the distance from earth to the sun.

The most recent Transit of Venus occurred in June 2012, and will not occur again until 2117.

Along the way we passed Waratahs (Telopea) in flower, and visited Edith Falls (below right) and a side trip to Mabel Falls, where we ate our lunchs.


Our walking track crossed the fire trail (above) in Mabel Falls Reserve. The track ended at Woodbury Street with a steep climb back to the highway. We finished at Woodford station.

Location Map
My thanks to Judith and Jenny for showing us this lesser known track, with its historic connections. 

Nov 2, 2012

Centennial Park

Centennial Park, situated in Sydney's eastern suburbs, was dedicated as a public open space in 1888. The park's construction was implemented by Charles Moore, then Director of the Royal Botanical Gardens, on what was then  "coastal shrub land and swamp." The land was "cleared and sculpted into an open, undulating expanse to provide recreation in an idealised setting,"

The Parklands now support a diverse range of activities including horse riding, bike riding, rollerblading, bird watching, and a range of sports.

The Federation Pavilion (above) is located within a huge 'dog off the leash' area (although the dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of the pavilion). Built in 1988, it was designed by Sydney architect Alexander Tzannes as a Bicentennial refurbishment, after he won a competition to design a permanent monument to commemorate the Federation of Australia.

If you plan to visit, it would be well worth reading 'About the Pavilion', which explains the dome's artwork and the inscription.

The woodland of paperbarks (below) is part of Lachlan Swamps, which became a source of fresh water for Sydney (from 1837 to 1859). This difficult task was a  achieved with the completion of Busby's bore; a tunnel running from the marsh to Hyde Park.

Busby's Pond, Centennial Park

Black Swans

Formal gardens, Centennial Park

I was surprised that it took us less than 15 minutes to walk to the parkland from Bondi Junction station, after a 10 minute train ride from the city.

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