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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Red in the city III.. Heritage hat- trick!



Red geraniums, red fire hydrant, red rattan chairs.. howzat! A veritable 'hat-trick' of red :) Actually the lights were red and there was a red scooter parked up ahead but I can't think of an equivalent exuberant exclamation for the number five! Looking fabulously français The Heritage Brasserie, Bar & Boardroom on St. Georges Terrace awaiting it's lunchtime patrons. After an excellent meal what would you be tempted by on the dessert menu sweets or cheeses.. or both? I'm a lot partial to a luscious creme brulee! Happy Wednesday, take care...


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bridging the divide...



This collaboration between Sydney artist Beastman and Adelaide artist Vans the Omega on the Wellington St. side of One40William is so fresh they were still putting the finishing touches to it when I took these shots on Friday. It was a little hard to find a good spot to take in the whole mural but you can see much more detail on the FORM website here..


I thought you might like to see how the Perth City Link project is progressing. I took the shot below from the top of the Horseshoe Bridge..you can see the Perth Arena (my header shot) across on the right. This connection between Northbridge and the CBD is going to be spectacular.. there are heritage buildings on both sides of the divide that will now get the focus and attention that they deserve..


The shot below looking down Wellington St. towards the Perth Cultural Centre over the Horseshoe Bridge to the left in Northbridge. In my humble :) opinion this project is by far the best of all the building going on in Perth right now.. I'm looking forward to showing you the finished vista. Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe...
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Nelson, Mandela & Shinyanga..



Whenever I visit the Perth Zoo as I did yesterday, first stop is always the African Savannah and the lions. The two male lions, eleven year old brothers are called Nelson and Mandela. I know some may lament the fact that they are in a zoo but it is a beautiful zoo and they are much loved by the zoo staff and Perthites as a whole, they may not be free but they are safe from human overpopulation and poachers.. they have a very lovely life...


Did you know 'that because male lions are so big and have a full mane, they are often too slow and conspicuous to hunt.. the male protects the pride while the lionesses hunt, male lions always eat first'.. there were signs that breakfast would be served at any moment I wondered if 184kg Nelson was giving female Shinyanga her 'gathering' instructions :) he does look a bit grumpy but take my word they had just been having a big slobbery kiss moments before. Hope you had or are having a good weekend, take care...p.s. bear with me, still catching up :)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

More to Aboriginal art than connecting the dots...



Pink flamingo's.. nah! Six pink kangaroos.. absolutely :) I went into the city on Friday to find these flamboyant marsupials which were created by Melbourne Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie for the FORMPublic project earlier this year. The vibrant hot pink Andy Warhol inspired kangaroos are not just a great image said the artist, but 'one that everyone can relate to internationally as well as a powerful connection to our communities'. They weren't that easy to find tucked away on the windows of Westfarmers House below, but once found..wow!  


In the far background to the right below you can see the Bell Tower and in the foreground the Elizabeth Quay disaster development to which I noticed, the six huge bright pink kangaroos had their backs turned against.. that made me smile :) I'm looking forward to catching up and seeing what you guys have been up to while I've been away.. happy Sunday, take care...



 




Saturday, July 19, 2014

I have no title..



Not much to say today, I feel very sad! Don't you wonder if there is life on other planets that they are more than likely looking down on us thinking 'and they wonder if we're intelligent'! Waking up to the news this morning that once again so many innocent people had died in a senseless act of violence was horrendous.. you wonder when and if it'll ever stop.. my heart goes out to all those families who thought in all good faith that their loved ones would return home and I'm sure like me you must despair how many more will perish in the name of religious fanatics and greedy politicians. I don't feel very inspired right now so I'm thinking this may be a good time to have a break.. work in the garden, walk by the water, read some books. Catch you soon, take care and you keep safe...


Friday, July 18, 2014

Red in the city II.. The man in the red chapeau!



I can't imagine anyone with a camera in their hands being able to resist taking this shot. I mean how often are you going to see an elegant gentleman in earnest conversation wearing a stylish vivid red fedora! I saw him again a little later, a very tall man. I thought to myself.. now if I was Jack (who would more than likely be wearing a fedora himself) or Stefan I would have just walked straight up to him and asked if I could take a portrait shot, but no.. I'm not there yet :) Would you have? Just around the corner I bumped into a child eating Triceratops, thankfully some managed to escape :) Have a good Friday, take care and stay safe...p.s. loved that the lady in the background above was wearing a red coat!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aussie lifesavers watching over you!



As I turned to leave Scarborough Beach on Tuesday I spotted something new since I'd last been. A sculpture by father and son Tony & Ben Jones called Watch Over You.. 'two bronze surf lifesavers casting a watchful eye over the ocean' the sculpture also recognizes the 'continuing importance of surf lifesaving to the local culture and identity of Scarborough'. While Googling I found an article about what inspires Tony and the diverse materials he uses in his work.. if you enjoy trying to figure out how the artistic mind works as much as I do, you'll enjoy the read. Happy Thursday, take care..p.s. the lifesaver's swimming cossies sure have changed a lot since then :)



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