Art Gallery of NSW

Sydney snippets… 3 day roundup, Art, Architecture and Gardens…

We have settled in to our Airbnb accommodation in Bondi Junction, our hostess, Shona, has welcomed us like one of the family.

Our Airbnb accommodation.

Our Airbnb accommodation.

It is only a 10 minute walk to the railway station and from there, with a $2-50 senior pass, Sydney is at our beck and call.

The weather has been perfect so here is a roundup of what we have done in 3 days…

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First a visit to the NSW Art Gallery. Can you see Jack?

It can be very tiring being a tourist

It can be very tiring being a tourist

After a morning absorbed with the beauty of art it was time for lunch.

Across the road in the Domain is the Domain Kiosk.

A favourite place for lunch

A favourite place for lunch

Now to immerse myself in the beauty of nature.

Follow me into the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

Follow me into the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney

I have over 100 photos, the light was superb for photography, so I have many more to show you at a future date.

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Suddenly from a blue sky a summer storm passed over. Torrential rain for 10 minutes and every one ran for cover under the huge, spreading Morton Bay Fig trees.

It past as quickly as it came.

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No visit to Sydney is complete with out walking past these 2 icons.

Day 2 was again perfect weather so this time we visit another favourite, the Chinese Gardens at Darling Harbour.

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We had lunch in the garden Restaurant and then spent hours wandering around, sitting, sketching and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of these beautiful gardens.

Leaving the Chinese Gardens we walk through Darling Harbour to catch a ferry round to Circular Quay.

 On the way we pass under the “Old Coat-hanger”

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Cruise liner in port

Cruise liner in port

In Circular Quay we see this cruise liner tied up. This is not the one we are going on but I imagine ours will also be this big.

Day 3 we take a train to Surry Hills and wander around the galleries and interesting boutique style shops.

Then catching another bus we search out the UTS (Sydney university of technology) to see the Frank Gehry designed building. I will do another post about this amazing building, but will just give you a preview of the building here.

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We have walked miles and our legs feel at least 6 inches shorter. We have one more day before we join our cruise to New Zealand. So this will be my last post for about 2 weeks. I will miss visiting you all and will probably have internet withdrawal symptoms.

By the way Jude, you may notice quite a number of benches scattered around…



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Lingering Look at Windows : Sydney Art Gallery

When visiting new places there are some places that top my list of “must visit” and art galleries are right up there at the top of the list.

So on the first day in Sydney we made a bee line, across the botanic gardens, via St Mary’s Cathedral (more of those later) and into the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Apart from appreciating the magnificent and varied paintings I also noticed the many windows.

Dawn of “The Day After” is responsible for my obsession with windows as she runs a challenge each week for us to showcase windows we find.

So here they are….

The soaring ceilings

The soaring ceilings, those windows let in lots of light

The classically elegant Art Gallery of NSW is one of Sydney’s most distinctive landmarks. The façade and old wing of the Gallery were built between 1896 and 1909. Architecturally, the building reflects 19th-century ideas about the cultural role of a gallery as a temple to art and civilising values. Yet early designs for the Gallery were less confident about the institution’s role and image. The present building is the work of government architect Walter Liberty Vernon, who secured the prestigious commission over the less conventional architect John Horbury Hunt.

The story of building the Gallery reads like a sensational novel. All the elements – intrigue, personal animosity and nepotism – are present. That the institution acquired such a fine historic building is almost fortuitous. (click here to read more)

Interesting installation with sky lights to shine on it.

Interesting installation with sky lights to shine on it.

The views through the windows are also works of art, and the windows are scattered all over the building in corners. They fascinated me.

The restaurant fascinated me as it had windows looking in from the gallery and windows looking out to the interesting view. A window watchers delight…

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This gallery showcased an exhibition of still life art hanging on the walls, and this sculpture of still life dominated the centre of the room, but look at those windows at the back of the room.

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An interesting wall with an installation of reflective windows

It stretched over the stairwell of 3 floors

It stretched over the stairwell of 3 floors

Look at the interesting reflections

Look at the interesting reflections

Of course it is also a great place for people watching...

Of course it is also a great place for people watching…

Finally, nothing to do with windows, but I will share with you one of my favourite work of art. For me this painting brings back memories of my days in New Zealand when I milked cows. I am constantly amazed that, as long as you do not use flash or a tripod, you can take photographs of the art work.

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 Spring Frost. Elioth Gruner

Awarded the Wynne Prize in 1919 and painted the same year as Roland Wakelin’s and Roy de Maistre’s experiments in colour harmony, ‘Spring frost’ is one of Elioth Gruner’s most critically acclaimed achievements. With its impeccable sense of light and tone, and its vigorous foreground brushwork, ‘Spring frost’ is a tour de force, and perhaps the most loved Australian landscape painting in the Gallery.

Elioth Gruner painted ‘Spring frost’ according to 19th-century plein-air conventions, but the work also demonstrates a contemporary succinctness of form. To complete the painting – one of his largest compositions – en plein air, Gruner built a structure to protect the canvas from the weather, and wrapped his legs with chaff bags to avoid frostbite. Although painted largely outdoors at Emu Plains, its large size and somewhat theatrical quality make it likely that Gruner completed parts of it later, in his city studio.

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