This is the not so fun part of my weekend getaways: getting back on the plane to Sydney. This time round it wasn't that bad... I enjoyed a bit of extra room, countless channels of entertainment and a delicious meal courtesy of Emirates and the A380!
Continuing on the (King) street art theme and .. this one is the "Herald" mural, a reproduction of the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald's edition of 10 July 1992, when recession hit the country. This time round Australia hasn't been too badly affected by the GFC and hopefully we're not heading for the wall again.
According to Wikipedia: it was painted by Andrew Aiken and Juilee Pryor using a donated cherry picker and $1000 worth of paint. Aiken and Pryor created this landmark " over two nights in August 1991, declaring it a "humanist protest against the sterility of postmodern art". You will find out more about this mural and street art in Newtown here, including on the tragic life story of Andrew Aiken.
Remember Belinda Carlisle's song Heaven is a Place on Earth?? Well.. in my books, excuse the pun, this is the place: Gould's Book Arcade. The best second hand bookshop in Sydney / Australia / the Southern Hemisphere!! I'm not saying the whole world because I know a great spot in Paris :)
If like myself you are a bit of a bookworm, not allergic to dust and willing to spend a couple of hours trying to dig little gems, this is the place!!!
Footsteps in Time is the name of this sculpture group unveiled in October 2004 near the St Martins Centre, 40-50 St Georges Terrace in Perth. It commemorates the 175th Anniversary of Western Australia and symbolises the people who have built the CBD.
St Martins Centre occupies the site of the first businessman's club of WA, this public artwork recognises their involvement in significant historical moments during Perth's development.
1. Dutch exploration, discovery, mapping and naming of Swan River, 1697 2. Anglo-Celtic settlement of Swan River, 1829 3. Discovery of gold, 1885-95 4. Post World War II European immigration, 1945-55 5. The Millenium Man, 2004
On Sunday morning I walked around Lyttelton, a cute port town not too far from Christchurch, and had a great time taking photos, sipping wild raspberry tea in a cool cafe, despaired at the sight of a closed second hand bookshop. Over the next few days, I'll take you around...