So what do you do in between trips? Of course, you visit your own city and enjoy a weekend of Sculpture, Architecture and Art.
2016’s Sculpture by the Sea enjoyed its 20th year of presenting some of the most thought-provoking ideas when artists and influencers took to the stage at Bondi to Tamarama’s annual event. From October to the first weekend in November each year, it’s a showcase of inspirational, moulded and mostly recycled relics which draw thousands to the area for their perusal and appraisal.
Tamarama is affectionately nicknamed Glamarama (or Glamourama) by the locals, as it is a beach where wannabe trend setters come to sunbathe and swim or simply try to be seen. Doesn’t matter if you start at Bondi or Tamarama, my advice is to go early as the pathway fills quickly during the day with onlookers.
This sculpture of a rhino buried in the sand of Tamarama Beach (whose belly children loved climbing over) raises awareness of the plight of these beautiful, vulnerable creatures who are threatened by poaching. ‘Buried Rhino’ has been gaining media attention across the world, in particular South Africa where it was on the front page of the Cape Times in Cape Town.
Wynyard Station’s Exit 4 leads you to Barangaroo and is easy access with an underground walkway to start my day. The Open Sydney Event organised by the Sydney Living Museums was a bi-annual event, however its popularity will foresee it being held each year going forward.
Within Sydney’s newest commercial precinct of Barangaroo, there’s some of the finest views over the harbour and here looking out at White Bay Cruise Terminal – wouldn’t be hard coming to this workspace each day …
The Streets of Barangaroo aims to be the first climate-positive precinct of this size in the world and Australia’s first large-scale carbon-neutral CBD precinct within its confines. New shops are being opened within and a plethora of eateries and coffee shops can’t go unnoticed, especially if you’re on the go all day – take plenty of water with you.
The Bond Building just further along from Barangaroo, is a nine-level building which has floor-to-ceiling windows to its Hickson Road façade. Fitted with aluminium solar louvres, which repel heat and allow natural, controllable light into its office areas.
Arup came to Sydney to help deliver the Sydney Opera House and continues to shape the city today, contributing to many of the buildings featured in Sydney Open
The heritage-listed Glover Cottages in Millers Point are a rare surviving example of colonial Georgian architecture. They were first occupied by Thomas Glover, a miner from Somerset transported to Australia aged 19 for stealing a rabbit.
The Argyle Steps in Argyle Street was named by Gov. Macquarie after County Argyle in Scotland, the place where he grew up. In the early years of Sydney, The Rocks was a divided community separated by a rugged and steep rocky outcrop which forms the ridge of the peninsular to the west of Sydney Cove.
Foyer of Ernst and Young with natural light and open space, makes a great reprieve when wanting to take a rest. You’ll need to wear your running shoes on if you think you’re going to see all the buildings in one day.
E & Y Building’s exterior. Opened in June 2016, Mirvac’s 200 George Street, known as EY Centre, is one of a new breed of skyscrapers designed to make a more considered contribution to both streetscape and skyline.
Charged with forgery and sentenced to death in England, Greenway had been transported to New South Wales, where his skill as an architect was quickly put to use by Governor Macquarie in his ambitious public works program. Appointed the young colony’s first Government Architect in 1816, Greenway wasted no time completing Hyde Park Barracks in 1819, after just two years of construction.
Source: Sydney Living Museums
Opening of Nude at the Art Gallery of NSW took place on the same weekend for members with art from London’s Tate Collection. Renowned and memorable works from Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard and Bacon make it worthy of a visit and on show until 5th February, 2017.