Archive for the ‘Oxford Street’ tag
Taylor Square has its own theatre, that’s for sure. But tonight it had the staging, seating and lights to go with it.
Approaching Taylor Square, I heard screams – which is fairly typical – but louder than normal, amplified, and as I rounded the corner, I realised it was a couple of actors. They’re in out of focus picture above, sitting on those round seat like objects.
It’s Milk Crate Theatre – based in Darlinghurst since opening in 1999, and working with homeless people.
It has one of the most striking sets in the inner city. With the background of bustling Oxford Street, and, in the distance, the sandstone courts, it’s set design taken to the limits. Something funny happens when you put actors in front of the scene, it does actually become a set.
My pictures don’t do the scene justice, it was hard to tear your eyes away from the actors.
This photo was taken while waiting for the lights to go green – looking from behind the actors to the audience.
I walked in half way through, and I couldn’t stay, so I can’t say too much about the plot. I would love to be able to next time.
We missed the parade last night, but headed out this morning to take a look at the carnage.
Feathers, glow-sticks, flags, head-pieces, goon-bags, discarded shoes, more feathers.
They were all spotted on surrounding streets – Bourke, Crown, Palmer, Burton.
Oxford Street was looking remarkably polished.
More so than those kicking on.
These weird geometric objects appeared behind a fence on Taylor Square last night.
I walked by on Friday morning, as council workers tore plants out of their planters and pots, and tossed them into the back of their trucks.
They plant those flowers, take them out, plant them, erect new planters, take them away, without any real connection to what’s going on with the plants – they seem pretty healthy. Still, those planters have been strange from the moment they appeared.
I walked past later, at about midnight, and a fence had been erected around the Taylor Square public toilet. I peeked over the top, and this is what I saw.
I’m pretty sure it’s Dale Miles’s Underworld (the latest in the Taylor Square Plinth project – we blogged about Louisa Dawson’s work in October). He’s shown widely since graduating from the National Art School several years ago – see more here.
He says it’s a response:
to the mysteriousness of the shape of the space enclosed by the entrance fence and the two descending staircases. It is the mystery of the void inverted, the spider exiting its funnel.
The original idea is this. More pictures to come.
Walking past an interrupted 7am tryst on Oxford Street this morning, we spotted this hypnotic character leaping from a boarded up shop.
Trent Whitehead‘s character bursts from the boarded up shop, a placid pair of eyes behind a flashing niqab.
Trent’s 3D installation was commissioned for this year’s Art & About – I know we run the risk of turning into an Art & About blog, but it’s been a particularly rich crop this year – and it’s up until the end of the month. Watch a video of the making here.
Two doors down, Jane Becker captures the neighbourhood a little more prosaically with Oxford Street Fauna – the local non-human street life, and I’m not talking zombies. This is all about the more typical sights: rat, guide dog, pigeon, bat, cockroach, and so on.
It’s not quite as fascinating and amazing as Renew Newcastle – where artists and other creative people in the city are actually taking over the run down real estate and setting up art spaces and completely sustainable businesses – but it’s an exciting and imaginative move from the council in what often feels like a tired strip.
Walking through Taylor Square today at lunchtime, several council workers were hard at it laying some bitumen next to the old loos on the northern side of Oxford Street.
I asked one of the guys what it was they were working on. He told me it was for a “temporary art thing”.
Intriguing. Watch this space.
This telegraph pole provides power and telecommunications to the street, would it kill you to look at it once in a while?
This poster is on Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst, almost at the corner of Oxford Street.
It’s the kind of sign we wouldn’t be surprised to see on a new local blog called Signs Around Darlo, which hosts photos taken of signs that people leave for each other around Darlinghurst.
Rose Terrace in Paddington, just off South Dowling Street, near the corner at Oxford Street, has undergone a make-over.
A little bit of research shows an interesting history.
The 32 houses were built in 1874-75 in three terraces to form a triangle, with a common area in the middle. Kids used to play, clothes-lines were erected, neighbourhood parties were held here. Then in the 1960s, individual houses were sold and the common area became a place to park cars and dump trash.
In 1973, the Rose Terrace Society was formed to fight against the owner who wanted to build a multi-storeyed building on the site. The then Lord Mayor of Sydney, Leo Port, came to the rescue. The owner was defeated and the common area was given back to the people as a community garden. A Local Citizens Committee was established to care for and maintain the garden with a grant of $5200.
According to the Paddington Paper (official newsletter of the Paddington Society), in April 2009:
The Rose Terrace garden park has been scooped out clean for a complete renewal. City of Sydney has worked with residents and landscape specialists to come up with a new look for this park…
Pulling up the tar from the old road surface has revealed treasures and rubbish. It seems 100 years ago, road base was just small rocks and anything that would go on top of the sand.
Digging struck treasure too. The sandstone gutter that originally went with the sandstone curb saw daylight for the first time in many years. The sympathetic landscapers are preserving and re-seating it ready to go along side the new tarred surface.
Well, it is all complete and looking lovely in the spring time.
There’s a rooster and a fantastical island scene down at the corner of Foley and Langley Streets, Darlinghurst.
It’s just behind Oxford Street, near Taylor Square, and along with a Kill Pixie diss by some Slayer lover, there’s a fetching rooster stencilled on the wall.
There’s also this vaguely occult collection of symbols pasted up: an island palm, a pyramid, a skull, waves and sand.
There’s a surprising little block of land tucked behind Oxford Street, near Taylor Square.
It’s a garden, but quite a different one. This one, at 306 Palmer Street, has been owned by the council for years. It used to be called the Darlinghurst Children’s Garden.
Here’s a pic from the late ’70s from Sydney council’s archives, and another taken this week.
It’s hard to tell what the garden was like for the three children in that photo. Between the picket fence, the flares and the black and white picture, there’s not much green. But whatever the case, it’s not as friendly now.
The council’s been wondering what to do with the patch of land for years. Seven years ago, before South Sydney Council was amalgamated into the City of Sydney Council, they deliberated on the garden at Erskineville Town Hall.
Now it’s fenced in, but seemingly well maintained – couldn’t it be a garden in the meantime?
Walking through Taylor Square on Sunday afternoon, we noticed this.
Denise Litchfield, of Newtown, had descended on the old below-ground toilet the night before with a cast of “lavatory assistants, urban knitters and crocheters.”
It’s Sydney’s last surviving underground toilet (not including those in train stations) – it’s a convenience that’s not that convenient, because it’s not open – though it gets a last gasp every now and again via an art project like this.
Denise, who also blogs here, knitted this as part of Sydney Design 09.