The Mystery of The Yellow Bits

Walking down Fremantle High Street in Western Australia, you see these odd bits and strips of yellow on the buildings.

Aha, clearly there is some pattern taking shape here.

Look back at the street from the steps of the Round House, and it all springs into shape. Isn’t this amazing?

From a news story dated 25 Oct 2017: Arcs d’Éllipses is the work of Paris-based Swiss artist Felice Varini, who has produced geometric optical illusions around the world.
This latest work on High Street has been created for High Tide, the inaugural Fremantle art biennale.
“The colour is in fact very thin aluminium sheets, which are self-adhesive,” Varini said. “Because the artwork is of a temporary nature, the work has to be removeable and this is the material we have developed over time that best fits.”
Arcs d’Éllipses will remain in place until December 30.

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That was two years ago and the ellipses are still there, though looking slightly tattered. If you’re interested in how they created the ellipses, click the article link above.

The End of Time

The rather grand facade of the Fremantle train station (complete with swans!) could lead one to think the station is much more important than it is. But the time on the clock is correct, which is all that counts for the traveller scurrying to catch a train.

I doubt I’ll find another time themed photo for this challenge, so this post is indeed the end of “Time” … for me! Thanks again to Becky for hosting. 🙂

December Squares #timesquare


Serving time

The “Hougoumont” was the last ship to bring convicts to Fremantle, Western Australia. Among its voyages was that in 1867 bringing 62 Irish political prisoners (Fenians). Hougomont is also the name of the hotel I’m staying at in Fremantle, and on a wall in the lobby it lists all 62 men, the court where they were tried and the crimes of which they were convicted, and how much time they would have to serve in this dry, barren, isolated outpost of England. Few would ever have returned home.

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