In Brisbane and Sydney: Street Art: Lens-Artists Challenge number 45

Thanks to Patti for the prompt for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge – Street Art


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Few street corners in Brisbane leave you alone to cross the road. This long legged man


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and a wolf in man’s clothing are there to keep you company. His stance mimicked those I saw waiting that had perhaps a bit more blood coursing through their veins.


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While outside the law courts multiple eyes watched your every movement. Is this what they mean by in the eyes of the law.


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Four kangaroos give some light relief on a corner. They made me wait awhile.


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Whilst in Sydney the more surreal was to be found.


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In an alley way in China town the glowing blue cupids covert sleezey Kimber Lane  into a permanent artwork. They are the creation of Jason Wing – who is part Chinese and part aboriginal.


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With blue clouds on the walls he wanted to create an experience akin to waking between  two worlds or travelling between heaven and earth.


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In Manly on the Corso is a life size rhinocerous sculpture named ‘Fragility.’ This 40kg sculpture was one of 125 similar ones installed by Taronga Park Zoo to highlight the plight of the rhinocerous. According to the Daily Telegraph, “the strikingly patterned Manly rhino was created by artist Gloria Torres, who wished to portray a critical view on how humanity has impacted on the animal’s survival.”


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Angel Place is an eerie place to go. 120 bird cages are suspended above the laneway whilst songs of birds now extinct or threatened fill the air. This forgotten songs artwork is the creation of artist Michael Thomas Hill.

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My favourite Sydney artwork is Little Essex Street in the Rocks. This mural recreates Brown Bear Lane in 1901 and is so lifelike you feel like stepping into the past yourself. My great grandfather came from Scotland to at this time to be a missionary to save the souls in the Rocks and I wonder if he too wandered up Brown Bear Lane. Good excuse to look through his diaries but that will have to wait for another trip to Sydney as they are in the State Library of NSW.

Thanks Patti.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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25 Responses to In Brisbane and Sydney: Street Art: Lens-Artists Challenge number 45

  1. Leya says:

    Such great variety of art in this gallery – amazing. The last three ones made me a bit sad, but they are both beautiful and sad – just like life. i have seen the bird cages before, but did not know the story behind them. Wishing you a lovely Sunday.

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    • Thanks Leya. I think that is the purpose of art – to create emotion and make us reflect. I love the street art – as a child there was very little street art apart from a few sculptures and memorials. Now the whole landscape has become a gallery and I love it.


  2. I’ve always loved public art, the work of an artist in relation to environment and sometimes to history. Your photos capture the whimsy and joy of these artworks, but also the sense of history as in the mural. My favorite is of the birdcages. I have empty birdcages all over my house.

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  3. Tina Schell says:

    Absolutely love that last image and your comment about it. How cool that your grandfathers diary is in the museum!

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    • And there is a monument to him in the Rocks as well. He came at a time when opium dens were common and there were many seamen and criminals living in the area. Abuse of women was common and poverty and disease rife. He kept a very detailed account of his daily visits and what he encountered which made it a valuable document as a social record of the time. Unfortunately you have to sift through a lot of conversion prattle to really get to the interesting parts.


  4. Amy says:

    Wow… amazing street art in Sydney! Thank you for the tour, Irene.

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  5. pattimoed says:

    Wonderful post, Irene. You’ve selected such a wide range of street art. Fabulous! I especially love the bird cages and the sounds of extinct birds. How powerful. And it must be intriguing to have that bit of family history waiting for you in the library! I hope you have the chance to read it.

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  6. I love this post of the many forms of art on the street, Irene. I’ve seen different ones when we were in Sydney. You have a great collection of photos of them.

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  7. JohnRH says:

    Noteworthy variety.

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  8. These are wonderful pictures, Irene. The bird cages are quite creepy without the singing.

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  9. carlystarr says:

    These are great. Sydney is my hometown and I didn’t know a lot of these existed!

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