This display appeared on Remembrance Day last year on George St in Sydney, at the junction with Martin Place (where the cenotaph is). George St has been closed to traffic for what seems like forever but is probably 2 or 3 years, for the installation of tram infrastructure (you can make out the tracks in the photos). I thought the display was extremely effective.

The poppies were very tall — compare them to the pedestrians above!


The miraculous disappearance of the tourists

I have never seen so much empty space here.

Last Sunday afternoon, the heavens opened and the rain came down — much needed rain, actually. It came as quite a surprise to the hundreds of tourists in the vicinity of the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. Five minutes before I took this photo, you could not have seen 10 feet in front of you, let alone all the way to end. Everyone is cowering behind those columns to the left, jammed together as tightly as pencils as in a box. I did feel rather smug with my showerproof jacket and umbrella. Walking along this east side of Circular Quay is usually immensely frustrating, trying to dodge and weave around strollers and families and tour groups; for once, though, I could walk at will!



Arcs of light

A display at Vivid 2019, Sydney

Definition of arc: a continuous portion (as of a circle or ellipse) of a curved line (says the Merriam-Webster dictionary)

Notice the arcs of light get larger as you move along the circles. This light sculpture is called Circa and was in the botanic gardens during the Vivid light festival this year.

This is my final post for October Squares Lines&Squares. Thanks once more to Becky for her tireless enthusiasm in hosting the Square challenges! I had a lot of fun trying to find creative interpretations of “line”. 🙂

A month of squares in retrospect:


End of the line

Against the buffer, at the end of the train line.

This is steam engine 3526 at the former Mortuary Station, Sydney. The station opened in 1869 and was the terminus of the Rookwood Cemetery line. The line, as you may have guessed, served to transport bodies from central Sydney to Rookwood Cemetery in Lidcombe, western Sydney. I took this photo from another steam-engine-hauled heritage train during the NSW Rail Museum’s heritage weekend in May.

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares


Let sleeping dragons lie

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

How cute is this snoozing dragon? 🙂 I came across him (her?) last weekend while exploring my new neighbourhood. My plan was to get the ferry from Darling Point to Double Bay — an absurdly short 5-minute ride, but living on the harbour is a novelty and ferries have always been a treat, so why walk? I was delighted to find this wee dragon curled up beside a pond near the ferry wharf.

But, I was not sure the dragon, which is carved, qualified as a sculpture. All good, though: Subtractive sculpture involve removing material from a large piece to achieve a sculptural form. Woodcarving and stone carving are both examples of subtractive sculpture. (source)

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Sleeping dragon sculpture, Darling Point, Sydney

Posted as part of Sculpture Saturday