Monday, November 17, 2014

Landmarks and marks on the land!



If I had been here for this month's CDP theme day 'Landmark' this would have been my contribution. Above the Swan Bell Tower home to one of the largest sets of change ringing bells in the world was built to commemorate the new millennium. At a cost of $5.5 million it was deemed a wasteful and unnecessary expenditure, but has since become a hugely popular tourist attraction and landmark sitting alongside the Swan River. You know what's coming next I'm sure :) It seems ironic that this now familiar landmark will soon be dwarfed by the 'mark on the land' that is the future site of Elizabeth Quay, the cost of which makes $5.5 million a mere drop in the ocean that surrounds us.. a more wasteful and unnecessary expenditure I cannot imagine! Ahhh that felt good, nothing like an envigorating rant to start the week, happy Monday, take care and stay safe..


30 comments:

  1. Well, Grace, your enthusiasm for the project is infectious. :-)

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  2. Oh my goodness, I've never seen anything like it, it's lovely! M'not commenting on the future! :-)

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  3. Really beautiful.
    I'd love to hear the bells.

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  4. Terrific and your enthusiasm is indeed infectious!! Hope you have a wonderful new week!!

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  5. A good rant over a project you don't like is a good thing for you. I do like the tower, though.

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  6. I love those sail-like features at the bottom of the tower, Grace.

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  7. Looks like a great place to take the family. Beautiful photos, too.

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  8. Well, Grace. I´m curious what to find... Guess I won´t recognize the place! Again...

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  9. It looks so sunny and warm down there--can I come visit you? It's snowing here.

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  10. Nice looking skyline. I like all the geometric shapes!

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  11. I'm with Jenny, I would love to hear it too.

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  12. You never know what will turn out to be a waste of money or become a huge tourist attraction, but if you don't try things and be a bit out there at times, you can end up with no tourists.

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  13. The Arch cost about US$13.5 million in the 60s. it was worth it. I'd love to hear the carillon on your tower. Maybe a video with the sound?

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  14. Take a deep breath, sweetheart.

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  15. You will have to share the completion photo with us, Grace, and perhaps it will be better than expected. Perhaps it will be "iconic"

    Bises,
    Genie

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  16. The swan looks good, I love clear shapes. What I hate is waste of tax money, and it sure looks like one. And the one to come might be an even bigger waste..

    Wish you a fine week!
    ❤ Knipsa

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  17. Don't talk about money wasting a monday morning , we could speak about that until next sunday , and have a very bad week!! :o)

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  18. Those expansions go on and on, always bigger and more costs.It ia a problem of modern times I am afraid...

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  19. Desde luego se ve majestuoso...un saludo desde Murcia....

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  20. Good to let the steam out every now and then Grace.

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  21. Elizabeth Quay? Ok, I've got the Queen part, but why the Quay? What is a quay?????

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  22. Big investments in Perth... as Jack said... take a deep breath.

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  23. I went to the website of this development. I hate developers! Hey, look there's a little bit of dirt. Let's put a complex/high rise/condos/mall/etc.....

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  24. A lot going on down there, hopefully it will look great and bring a lot of tourists and money to Perth. Who knows? The shape of the Swan Bells tower is fabulous.

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  25. Oh wow, I'd missed out on both these pictures and the project. That's amazing!

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