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Friday, October 24, 2014

Undercover information!

The new i-City Information Booth is up and running and it's so good to see Forrest Place looking ship shape once more. Above, early on Monday morning looking down towards the train station I couldn't help thinking that the new organic shape of the info booth was the perfect foil for the sculpture now fondly (?) known as the Green Cactus or 'the organism' (you might have to enlarge the shot to see it back there).

Above looking up Murray St. The new booth is so much more user-friendly than it's predecessor with seating and an undercover area, much appreciated on a 40C summer day.. and look, it has the seal of approval from the city gulls, I can see that pristine white top is going to need an occasional clean-up :) Have a fab Friday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. only five more sleeps till I head over to Sydney, woohoo!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clean Drains = River Gains..

We make a point of looking up now and again so as not miss anything but personally I need to start looking down also.. can't believe after all the times I've walked the pavements of Perth this is the first time I've noticed the bright blue buttons of the Swan River Trust's Clean Drains, River Gains campaign highlighting 'the link between drains and rivers' and hopefully 'educating the community on the impact of allowing rubbish and contaminants to enter Perth's storm-water drains'. There are always going to be those who treat the streets as their own private rubbish bin.. grrr my pet hate, especially as there are rubbish bins everywhere! Well, that was a bit more serious than yesterday's post :) Happy new day, take care and stay safe.. p.s. do you have something that makes you go grrrr?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Angel in a business suit!

They do say one way to spot a vampire :) is if they have no reflection in a mirror.. I wonder, does it work the same way for angels. When in the city on Monday I caught the reflection of a business man, but in the reflection he is minus his wings! I inverted the colours to protect his identity, angels must remain anonymous to carry out their good work. I actually do believe there are people in this world who through their compassion and good-will can rightly be called angels and this man may well be one of those people but the explanation for his angel wings is a little more simple. The work of US artist Colette Miller, you can read about her 'angel wings' concept here.. must get Aimee to do a bit of posing for me :)  Happy Wednesday, take care..p.s. just a little ironic, or perhaps planned, that the wings are within sight of the Basilica :)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Serenade in the city..

After a cold wet and windy weekend yesterday was the perfect spring day. In the city to check out 'this and that' I had an encounter of the delightful kind :) Walking along Hay St..  what was that I could hear?  An accordion, and a trumpet! Yes it was.. a one handed trumpet at that! One man band extraordinaire Reef was entertaining passers-by with a mix of French, Italian, South American music with a bit of Beatles thrown in for good luck. Naturellement I put in a request for something français, it was a lovely moment on a spring day in the city, merci beaucoup Monsieur Reef! Happy Tuesday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. doesn't the lady in the orange dress look amazing!  

Monday, October 20, 2014

MEW around town!

Multi-talented Perth artist and freelance illustrator Martin E Wills aka MEW has been adorning walls around the city and suburbs for quite a while now and I must admit it makes me happy whenever  I come across a work I haven't seen before. Above in Wolfe Lane painted during the FORMPublic project earlier this year a collaboration with James Cooper and below, spotted this work.. 'enjoying a restless beach in space' in the inner suburb of Highgate.. transforming the once drab wall of a dry-cleaners building with weirdly wonderful alien beings sporting height defying, multi-coloured bouffant coifs!

Even if you're not a fan of street art surely these fantastical murals inspired by 'science fiction and improbable hairstyles' would bring a smile to your dial :) Hope that you had /are still having a wonderful weekend, take care and stay safe..
 See more marvelous Monday Murals here..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

'Spending the Kids' Inheritance'..

Spending the Kids' Inheritance Driving 'Round Oz'! This made me smile and is apparently happening more and more these days, that's quite a rig you have there Mr & Mrs Grey Nomad! If that's your thing why not I say, with a bit of luck when most people retire their kids are hopefully able to look after themselves. I took the above shots on Friday when the skies were blue, not so yesterday! Below, the 'only appointed carrier for Steinway pianos in WA'.. would that be a royal appointment :) Those black clouds developed into a wild storm.. the full package hail stones and all, thus causing my computer line to drop out more than it dropped in! So I gave up and went to bed with my book.. no one can say I don't live the high-life :) big catch up today. Happy Sunday, take care and stay safe..p.s. hopefully this posts!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Octopode reflections..

Does this octopus make my derrière look big :) Smooth, shiny, sensuous sculptures seen in the Linton & Kay Galleries on St. Georges Terrace.. these were taken on my last visit to the gallery a few months ago..

Must try and get back there before the Black Swan Prize for Portraiture exhibition closes on Sunday.. Sunday is shaping up to be a busy day! This was my amazingly talented niece Jessica's portrait of her father, the likeness is brilliant.. do you remember the mural she painted for me, still looking gorgeous. I would hate to be a judge in a competition like this.. well any competition really :) I simply would not be able to make the decision, what can I say I'm a Libra! Have a good weekend, take care and stay safe.. 

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