Tag Archive | art & sculptures

Sandsculpting – Storyland

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Sandsculpting is a big thing in Melbourne in Summer. Every year, Australian and international sand-sculptors come to Frankston beach in Melbourne and construct these magnificent sculptures. More than 3,500 tonnes of sand is carved into these sculptures. This years theme is Storyland. Characters from old and modern favourite children’s stories have been re-created.

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Harry Potter – these characters and Hogwerts are so real looking
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Pippy Longstocking
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Yering Station Sculptures

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After we walked through the market and made our purchases I walked up to the gallery part of the Station. They often change their sculptures and I’d noticed a different one from the barn where the market is held. We wandered up their to have a look.

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This one is made from recycled egg cartons.

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Oakdene Vineyards Restaurant & Cellar Door

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This vineyard is on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside Geelong. Their cellar door is in a new, upside-down house at the end of the driveway. That is just one indication of the eclectic mix of buildings and sculptures on the property.

It’s really interesting to walk around and look at everything. They have a sign near the gate that says ‘browsers welcome’ which is nice and made us comfortable wandering around.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try any of the wines. They sell a good variety of cool-climate wines. Our visit coincided with a bus load of wine-tasters and although I went in to try some wine the staff were concentrating on serving the others. We were a little early for lunch so didn’t get to see the restaurant or try the food but they have received a good rating in the current Good Food Guide.

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I wondered how long they took to collect all these bikes and how long they had them. I was joking about people leaving their bikes after trying the wines at the cellar door.

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Weekly Photo Challenge….Saturated

I tried to think of something different than street art when working out what I was going to post for this challenge. Melbourne has been a bit saturated by rain lately as often happens in Spring but I was never in the right place at the right time for a photo of saturated land. So I decided I would post some of my street art photos.

Melbourne has a vibrant street art scene. One laneway, Hosier Lane, is dedicated to it. Below are some photos I’ve taken in Hosier Lane.

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/photo-challenge-saturated/

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Painting by Bill…Bird of Paradise

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Since he retired, my Dad has taken up painting again. He went to Art School when he left High School in England but had to put that aside.

His work has improved out of sight now he has the time to practice. He attends courses whenever he can.

I wanted to show off some of his work because I’m really proud he is doing something he loves.

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Sydney – Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk

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We came across this sculpture in the middle of a roundabout in Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay in Sydney. We thought it was quite humorous. I didn’t know the eyes and mouth at first. It’s made by a sculptor named Jimmie Durham and is called ‘Still Life With Stone and Car’. I now know it is part of the Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk. Next time I go back I’ll seek out the other seven pieces on the walk.

Dolphin Fountain – Fitzroy Gardens

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When I was researching this fountain I read that it was very controversial when it was installed in 1982 in the gardens. Apparently the site was deemed unsuitable. I can’t see why. To me it’s a wonder piece of art. There are many different animals lying on the rocks and in the water of the fountain. It’s the kind of art where the more you look, the more animals you see in the nooks and crannies and the water or, more obviously, just lying on the rocks.

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The Great Petition Sculpture in Melbourne

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This Women’s Suffrage Memorial was created by two artists to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great Petition which in the end, successfully gave women the right to vote. The premier of Victoria said he would introduce a bill into Parliament if it could be proven all women, not just the suffragettes, wanted the right to vote. During the six weeks that followed, the women’s movement got 30,000 signatures. The signed pages were stitched together to form a ‘monster petition’ that was 260m long. In 1908, after many bills were debated in Parliament, women were given the right to vote. The sculpture symbolises the petition and looks like a giant scroll. It sits in a park on the eastern side of Melbourne. I haven’t spent a lot of time in that part of the city and hadn’t noticed it before.

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The old Dracula theatre restaurant

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Before Dracula’s theatre restaurant moved to it’s current location in Carlton, it used to be in this laneway. This sculpture still hangs over the door. It’s a really interesting sculpture. I didn’t know Dracula’s used to be anywhere but Carlton.

Chateau Yering Sculpture Gallery

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The gallery is an open-air gallery with a few exhibits indoors.

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Looking from the gallery to the barn where they hold a Farmer’s Market one Sunday each month. In my opinion the market is one of the highlights of visiting the Yarra Valley. I can’t wait to go back. I’m hoping to go quite soon.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

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Todays post is a part of WordPress’ weekly photo challenge http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/weekly-photo-challenge-pattern/. I took these photos last weekend at the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. I love the geometric pattern and the fact that if you stand on the right angle you can clearly see from one side of the other.