Looking up in Sydney

May 16, 2013 at 10:00 am
Hermes statue

Hermes statue

Inspired by the roof garden visible on top of Booth House, across from the Museum of Sydney, I got to thinking about other above-street-level surprises on Sydney’s streets.

My favourite is at the corner of Castlereagh and King Streets. I have walked past this corner many times but one day, looking up, I was surprised to see a horseman on the roof of the corner building.

What was this Napoleon-like gentleman doing on top of a Sydney office building? The answer lies in the sign behind it, as he is one of the symbols of Hermes; a similar statue decorates the roof of the Hermes building in Paris. It is good to know the explanation, but this doesn’t make it any less unusual a sight.

What other strange things exist above street level in Sydney? Let us know if you have any favourite rooftop sights.