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Outpost, graffiti artists on display at Cockatoo Island.

13 Dec

We went to the last day of the Outpost Art from the Streets installation at Cockatoo Island last Sunday.
We got completely drenched on the ferry but the trip was great.
It was good to put some names to the works I’ve admired on the side of the local subway tracks.

An artwork by the famous Beastman (he’s so hot right now…) was the first artwork in the “Artery” tunnel that runs under the island (the island was for 150 years an RAN shipyard). The tunnel is a great natural art gallery. My boys are great fans of street art.

Artists include Ears, Ghostpatrol, Ben Frost, Ha Ha, James Jirat Patradoon, Jumbo, Max Berry, Numskull, Vexta, Zap, Deb, Bennett, Mini Graff, Shannon Crees, Shida, Sprinkles, Lister, Itch, Makatron, Sync, Reka, Phibs, Prizm, Beastman, Dmote, Drewfunk, The Yok, SMC3, Meggs and Rone.

Some young louts waiting to vandalise something…

A wet Tebbit!

Sync

More Beastman??

Kidzoom Home. Scary stuff.

More Beastman??

So sad….

1976 school bus. Ironlak Bus.

Run!!! The storm approaches!

 

 

Link- http://outpost.cockatooisland.gov.au/

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Sydney's top urban exploration sites

5 Sep

My favourite urban exploration sites in Sydney at the moment-

Site One- Dunlop/Slazenger Factory in Alexandria
9 Bowden Street, Alexandria.
Open and easy to access.

We found all sorts of old Slazenger things- tennis racquets, golf balls, shoes, etc. A favourite haunt for film makers (there were two crews there, early on a Sunday morning).

Part of the vast Green Square area, soon to be luxury flats.

Look at my car!

The holes in the asbestos sheeting roof make for splendid effects.

Famous graffiti artists work.

Site Two- Rozelle Tram Depot.
South of Harold Park Raceway, next to Jubilee Oval, Glebe Point.

Rozelle Tram Depot is a large tram depot in Glebe that has stood effectively empty sine the 1960s.
It is currently being redeveloped as part of Mirvac Harold Park residential redevelopment and will be developed as a retail area.

The vandalised trams within will be retained on site and restored.
Currently patroled by security, as is now part of construction site. Quiet on Sundays.

This place is classic as the interior is slowly returning to nature, complete with ponds of tadpoles.

A local ruffian leaving his mark.

Link- http://www.sydneyarchitecture.com/GLE/GLE39.htm

Site Three- Summer Hill Hospital
Grosvenor Centre, 56 Liverpool Road, Summer Hill (abandoned hospital).

Private property. Soon to be redeveloped into flats. Main building is heavily alarmed.
Summer Hill’s largest mansion, Carleton (now the Grosvenor Hospital’s main building), was built in the early 1880s on Liverpool Road for Charles Carleton Skarrat.

Definitely haunted…..

That ruffian again!

Note-
The above images were sent to me by anonymous sources.
The sites are (dangerous) private property and are not open to the public.

Central Park- Laneway plan grows from heritage-listed alley

16 Aug

Kelsey Munro Urban Affairs, August 15, 2011

THE developer of the former brewery site at Broadway has engaged a Sydney architect to turn a crumbling, heritage-listed alley near Central Station into a bustling Melbourne-style laneway precinct.

Kensington Street runs south from Broadway along the boundary of the brewery site and is lined with vacant, heritage-listed terraces and brewery administration buildings, some home to artists’ studios.

The street is book-ended with two great Art-Deco pubs- at the east the County Clare.

As it looked in the fifties, note the tram lines and clear road.

And on the western end by this robust specimen (love the stumpy concrete awning)…

Architect Tim Greer, who oversaw the reinvention of Eveleigh Carriageworks and the award-winning Paddington Reservoir Gardens, is running the project, which he said will provide a threshold zone between lower-rise, old city blocks and the towering new residential precinct.

Frasers Property’s chief executive officer, Guy Pahor, said the Melbourne laneway concept was apposite for what will be renamed Kensington Lane. ”This has a lot of parallels in terms of the scale,” he said, ”but also in what we intend to do with it, which is provide a rich diversity of uses which may include small eclectic retail outlets, cafes, possibly small book stores, possibly a boutique hotel and student accommodation.

”The restoration of the old Clare Hotel and the Fosters administration building is part of that mix.”

Mr Pahor said the developer was investing in the laneway because it believed the success of Central Park, the residential component, would depend on the quality of the public spaces delivered around it.

Brewery workers on their smoko break, some years ago.

Mr Greer said: ”[Kensington Lane] has some very significant remnant heritage buildings and also a lot of missing teeth which are ripe for new contemporary buildings.”

Frasers Property expects to put a detailed proposal for the laneway to planning authorities next year.

The building site yesterday.

The completed project, showing the “central park” open space.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/laneway-plan-grows-from-heritagelisted-alley-20110814-1it4j.html#ixzz1V6A7KFqQ