Sunday, September 30, 2012

Attention seeker.....!


The first time I posted the new Perth Arena in June last year it looked like this. Despite many problems, mainly budget blowouts, it's almost fini..which is a good thing because the grand opening on the 10th of November is only six weeks away! I'll bet there are a lot of very anxious contractors, politicians and agents who will be holding their breath until the curtain goes up on opening act George Michael! With a seating capacity of 15,000 for concerts and 12,000 for sporting events like the Hopman Cup in December, it's no small affair, and as if the design of the building isn't dramatic enough..we have here the 10.5 m high Totem which will no doubt be called anything from the 'pineapple' to the 'corn-cob' if the sculpture in Forrest Chase named 'Grow Your Own' by it's creator, but the 'Cactus' by Perthites is anything to go by. I'm reserving my judgement until I see it in action, moving parts, flashing lights and all. I took these shots (through glass) yesterday from the 7th floor of 140 William St., nice view of the city from up there. Happy Sunday, hope it's a good one, take care and stay safe..

36 comments:

  1. Now that is definitely a unique and different piece of architecture!! It will be interesting to see what happens on opening day! You did get a couple of terrific shots for the day, Grace! Hope you're having a great weekend!!

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  2. It's an interesting looking building. But you're right on the "totem" - no matter how much your city fathers may dislike it, what they call it won't matter - Perthites will take the naming honours! I do sort of like "Corn-cob" though ...

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  3. Mir gefällt diese Architektur nicht, das ist immer eher so ein Denkmal für den Architekten, schön ist wohl ein wenig anders...

    Lieben Gruß
    CL

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  4. You have whetted my appetite to see this place in person, but that's not gonna happen, so I'll just have to experience it second hand through your eyes! You will, of course, go to the opening concert. Right?

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  5. You'll have to go back when the construction is finished!

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  6. Sometimes I wonder about the minds of the people who design these things! Definitely strange looking...colorful though!

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  7. What an amazing building, puts your city on the map of great architecture.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  8. The more I see of modern architecture the more I realise that taking drugs bends the development of the brain.

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  9. Brilliant example of modern architecture, and had forgotten what the building was for until I saw your post. You will def have to give us an 'after' photo some time Grace. It certainly had 'Perthians' talking didn't it?!

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  10. buona sera Grace,
    I hope you are ok, I see you are always very active, all the best to you, ciao

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  11. It is certainly an eye stopper. Perhaps it should be sponsored by Leggo.

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  12. Wonderful where architecture meets future. Only happy days for it ahead.

    Please have a good Sunday.

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  13. Did someone say corn on the cob?...afraid I agree. I can only imagine going inside...hope you'll take us soon!

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  14. Haha! I bet it gets a lot of ruder names than pineapple and corn cob before the year is out!!!

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  15. Hmmmm. I will wait for your considered judgement after it is open.

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  16. Wow, that is one very large and ornate arena!

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  17. That is some design. I can't wait to see the interior.

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  18. Origami gone wrong or right - depending on your view.

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  19. wow that blows me away!


    Aloha from Honolulu,

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  20. As a tennis fan it would be fun to see the Hopman Cup there one day. The yellow thing looks like fun from a photographers angle.

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  21. The sculpture sure stands out.

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  22. That is one very unusual building and I can just imagine the names the citizens are going to have for it and for the sculpture. Are you going to see George Michael? He is a favorite of mine. I saw him perform here a few years ago and enjoyed the show very much.

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  23. Big, bigger, biggest, everything must be huge now.

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  24. I drove past today Grace and am also reserving my judgement on this building. Be interesting to see it when the last of the construction fences have been taken away.

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  25. WOW! This is great! Looking forward to seeing more.

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  26. Looks like they have work to do yet. 6 weeks is here in a wink.

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  27. Very daring architecture here, certainly an eye-catcher!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  28. In a country with the Sydney Opera House on the other shore, I guess Perth decided it needed to make an architectural statement with its performing arts venue.

    I read your comment that George Michael has cancelled and Elton John will take his place. That is an improvement in my opinion. We have seen Elton John in concert several times, including once with both him and Billy Joel.

    Get tickets.

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  29. Just read that George Michael cancelled his Australian tour because of major anxiety...
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-19776875

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  30. There's something sad about how attractive that arena looks compared to some of Melbourne's recent follies.

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  31. What a difference a year makes! It's super funky, like several robots or modern sculptures combined :)) I love the 'corn cob' - though calling it that would make me drool, Pavlov dog style, each time I went by! PS. I too would be excited about the Elton John substitution for George Michael.

    (And too true, Winnie the Pooh deserves more than a tiny stump and a pebbly dirt lawn!:)

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  32. I get the idea that Perth is coming into her own and creating a place for global tourists to come and visit. That has got to be exciting to witness. Tucson is also undergoing a type of renaissance. Can't wait to see how it all turns out.

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  33. That's really wonderful building, G!
    By the way, it's nice to catch you back... :)

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