Sydney is dotted with old and new buildings, standing laterally and vertically the high rise buildings symbolize modern architecture. The old buildings fascinate me more that the new ones because the former includes some form of arts in their architectural designs mostly in human forms or animal sculptures usually fronting or added at the roof tops. The new ones have a unique style that our modern architecture holds and portray a design that evolves every now and then.
Here are some photos of the buildings I took that make up the Sydney central business district busy as ever, some areas of which the old and new ones stand side by side to each other.
Sacrilege is another work of art and ingenuity featured in the Sydney Festival 2014.
It revives the monumental Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England but this time to be enjoyed by the young and old, recreated as a life-size inflatable castle– with everyone invited to have a bounce, free.
When we were here last Sunday, a long queue of interested people, young and old who would like to try to bounce into it was already formed and the time was getting close to noon time yet the entry point was still close. Because of this queue and like other people who can’t wait, we decided to just take pictures of it, not bad anyway since no kids yet were on the run bouncing up and down except for those guys in charge of the fun going around of it, perhaps checking out if inflation is well up for enjoyment.
This is a new work by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has become a contemporary art feel-good hit, a family friendly collision of history and art, and just like the Luminarium, it’s another piece of art that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Exxopolis is the title given to this massive inflatable sculpture which is the most recent creation from the world renowned U.K. based designers of inflatable walk-in sculptures, Architects of Air.
We were one of the many enthusiasts or people who were curious to know what’s inside this Luminarium. Luminairum is the name given by the Architects of Air to this inflatable structure that consists of a maze of tunnels and spacious domes that contain light. Because it’s summer time, some air conditioning equipment kept it up to a temperature tolerable inside this sculpture. There was a long queue and it took us about almost an hour until we were called to get in.
Right at the first gate a lady explained to us what the inflatable maze is all about and told us to enjoy the sculpture and that we have twenty minutes to do so. The first sight we came into is indeed surprisingly awesome – different colors blended or resonated into an enchanted color of light to the astonishment of the people.
As we went further inside, we arrived at a bigger dome they call “Cupola” which is the centre piece, very spacious that you can lie down, and enjoy. That was definitely a creation unique in style because people felt the sense of wonders, how they transform faces and clothing, some explored the maze immersing them in radiant color.
From the ladies story, the sculpture has a span of 53m in length and nearly nine metres in height, and occupies a space the size of half a football field and is constructed using 3,000 square meters of plastic in 9,000 different pieces joined by six kilometers of seams. Originally, it took 55 people six months to build, yet can be erected in as little as four hours and inflated in just 20 minutes. Imagine that … amazing, right?
The Luminarium is the attraction at the foreground of the Opera House in Sydney and will be there until the end of the Sydney Festival, January 27.
For the 17th year, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, at Bondi, was back again. But this was my first time to witness such an exhibition because the advertisement at this time reached that far and wide in New South Wales, and it was effective. I witnessed the multitude of people rushing at the bus and train stations eager to ride and reach Bondi the soonest, and then at Bondi car parks were full, too.
The spectacular sculptures were spread out from Bondi to the Tamarama coastal walk in a two kilometer stretch featuring over a hundred works by artists from Australia and across the world. Because of the huge number of people, crowds, cramped walkways, blocked stairways were the results and taking photos were quite difficult especially if a sculpture attracts people’s attention and deemed good for photography. To view them all, one must be fit enough to walk up and down the coastal walkways for the two kilometer display and had applied sun screen to their exposed body parts to the sun, for at that day was hot above thirty degrees centigrade. The exhibition was held last 24 October – 10 November 2013.
They say autumn is the best time to visit this place as the Grande alley flame-red Liquid Amber Trees and a mountain of golden and amber leaves are all invigorating and colourful. The garden has these great attractions and we spent more than a couple of hours of enjoyment – tree Surfing, tube slide rides, obstacle courses, hedge mazes, 3D indoor mazes, bush adventure scramble, fantasy gardens, and enchanted creations, heaps to entertain the young and the olds.
But, we had a hard time parking our car because the car park was already full when we got here, we did just park on the road side and after an hour or so, more visitors arrived and parked alongside with us. That was remarkably stark indication how much visitors were received during that day.
The traditional Hedge Maze with Japanese Garden in the centre is the trademark of the garden. People got lost here easily looking for the exit or the centre (which is a Japanese garden), and we were one of them. The maze was so big, tall, and has labyrinths, a mad maze indeed!
The 3D indoor maze also attracted our attention. Inside of it are labyrinth of graffiti like arts on walls (exits indicated this time), with piped in loud and scary music, high impact intense colours of blue, orange to red, and yellow green on both narrow walls of walkways. Then there was this bridge totally enveloped with a tube like turning painted blanket which was a scarier passageway. Each individual entering the 3D maze was provided with 3D glasses. Indeed, a sort of a crazy maze full of fun!
Also, the tube slides were very entertaining, too. Heaps of children and adults did enjoy this attraction. Tree surf was fun, as we saw it but never tried because advance booking was required before availing this facility.
The notable sculptures along paths throughout the Sculpture Park added more glamour; they were skilfully carved out of cypress logs by Ken Blum, an artist in residence. Using chainsaws, axes and chisels Ken has revealed the faces of many of the indigenous people who once roamed the area.
People lined up to take their photos with these awesome masterpieces as their photo backgrounds.