Statues for sale

Statue of Governor Macquarie with red dot sticker

Statue of Major General Lachlan Macquarie with red dot sticker

Nerida’s post about Shivering Statues reminded me of the time I walked past one of Sydney’s newer statues, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, at the Macquarie Street entrance to Hyde Park. This particular statue had only recently been installed when I noticed that it was already ‘sold’ to an anonymous buyer! While I’m assuming the red dot sticker was meant as a light hearted joke, it did make me appreciate that it had stirred up enough of a reaction that someone pretended to purchase it. I started to think about some of the more unusual public art – the ones that we accept and love and the ones we’re not so sure about!

My favourites would have to be ones that feature water, such as Golden Water Mouth in Haymarket and Robert Woodward’s Spiral Water Feature in Darling Harbour. I’ve often felt the temptation to walk to the centre of the Spiral Water Feature but it seems to be constantly inhabited by children getting called to by their parents: “Come back out of the water!”

Not on the day I took this photo though!

Spiral Water Feature

Spiral water feature

Sydney’s water features are in such fantastic supply that they even make for great walking tours! Walk on Water is a walking tour by City of Sydney, which also offers the history and meaning behind the sculptures and water features.

Bubbler review: Hyde Park

Hyde Park bubbler

Hyde Park bubbler

Despite walking through Hyde Park almost daily for the past six months, I hadn’t noticed this bubbler before. I found it quite remarkable really, when I finally discovered it, as the foliage behind seems to almost perfectly herald its existence.

The day prior to me taking this photo, the bubbler was unfortunately positioned in the middle of a dispute between two men, the reason it caught my eye. I decided to wait until the next day to venture over. Continue reading →