Wednesday, October 29, 2008

For the diary



Make sure to keep an eye on the BikeSydney site for details on November events like the King Street Bike Love Parade and the Bikes Rock party in Sydney Park.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Horsing around

Thanks to Tara for pointing me in the direction of the "Stables" Art & About project which has been going on in Erskineville for the past couple of weeks and which celebrates the apparently rich history of horses in the area.

It could possibly be the most awesome community art project ever. In August, almost eight hundred residents of Erskineville discovered in their letterboxes and on their doorsteps a ball of clay and instructions on how to make a small model horse. The horses were then collected, fired and put on display in the shop windows on Erskineville.

These photos represent a mere smidgen of what is there:










Needless to say, I am extremely jealous that I didn't get to make a horse, and extremely impressed by the execution of the logistics of it all. And it looks like there was only one horse-napping:

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Art On The Street: Week two

Better late than never, more of my favourites from 2042: Art On The Street.

I had walked past the video installation in the window of Fantasy Futon a few times without paying it much attention (I have an undoubtedly unfair prejudice against this art form). It turned out to be amazing: a musical composition inspired by King Street traffic, with each colour car representing a different note, and each lane a musical instrument.


The result was a spooky kind of ethereal soundtrack to visuals of a dreary trip through Newtown, seen from behind windscreen wipers.

Other artworks tried to escape from their confines:


Or tried to hide:


Or changed the streetscape:


There was art that wasn't supposed to be there, but which seemed to want to join in on the fun:


But I think my favourite was the art contributed by passers by to the Lost and Found tree:





Best four-legged flamingo ever.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Peter Norman Day Street Party

Image and text taken from here.

"A few local Newtown residents recently inspired by the film "Salute" have decided that Peter Norman Day which has a special day in the U.S. needs to be marked here in Australia. So come and celebrate the life of Peter Norman and remember the 1968 Mexico Olympics action that gave hope to a generation.

Please gather for fun at a good old community street party at the side laneway of MacDonaldtown Station, Leamington Lane to Pine St at the site of the 'Three Proud Men' famous mural. Forget late night shopping and come on down on Thursday October 9th, 5 till 9pm.

Sign the petition to lobby RailCorp to replace the current sound barrier with a see-through panel so the mural can be seen from the trains once again.

Performers, MCs, DJs, soapbox, kids' face-painting etc."

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Wrapped in plastic

This question has been appearing around the traps lately:


I think the answer can be found on Alice Street: