Thanks to Patti for the prompt for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge – Street Art
Few street corners in Brisbane leave you alone to cross the road. This long legged man
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.
While outside the law courts multiple eyes watched your every movement. Is this what they mean by in the eyes of the law.
Four kangaroos give some light relief on a corner. They made me wait awhile.
Whilst in Sydney the more surreal was to be found.
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.
With blue clouds on the walls he wanted to create an experience akin to waking between two worlds or travelling between heaven and earth.
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.”
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.
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.