Thursday, 3 June 2010

Macquarie Visions


Bring back bunting, I say. Break open the flags and let them flutter from the highest post. String the darned stuff across the street, and down the street. Festoon the trees - the planes, the figs, the gums - festoon them all with the warm glow of fairy-lights as far up as the eye can see.

Why can't the future be more like the past?


It is so wonderful, and yet exasperating at the same time. The brochure calls it an 'immersive light display'. It is so very clever, and yet so very irritating. The writing moves to the left to the right, up, down and in her lady's chamber. We are immersed in old sepia photographs, which move and sway across facades. Very clever. But ... maybe ... too clever? Could it be that the best things in life are simple.


The immersion commences at St Marys Cathedral, well I guess that is back to basics. And that terrible excuse for a park actually came into its own providing a glorious perspective. Then onto Hyde Park Barracks and Joe Snell's Macquarie Arch. This is meant to represent the road over the Blue Mountains which opened up the colony and made it viable.


Other major buildings along Macquarie Street to receive the immersion treatment are The Mint, Parliament House, and the Mitchell Wing of the State Library. I have yet to see the Palace Garden Gates, The Conservatorium and the Opera House. That is next week's excursion. He built buildings. He built roads. He built a community. But he had a fatal flaw. He reckoned we came into this world as equals, and we should continue as equals once time is served for run-ins with the law. A bit of a bridge too far for many at that time.


The whole she-bang immerses the city from 27th May to 20th June, as part of VIVID, an annual celebration of light, music and ideas. I am particularly looking forward to the FIRE WATER reenactment at Campbell's Cove over the June long weekend. This year the wild colonials say hello to Bollywood. My mind boggles ...


Lachlan Macquarie became governor of the colony of New South Wales on 1st January 1810, accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth. He was the 5th governer since 1788 - Phillip, Hunter, King, Bligh. He departed the colony on 1st December, 1821 returning to London to face charges, levelled at him by Bigge, that he was a wastrel out to self-agrandise. He died on 1st July 1824 a broken man. He was 62.

19 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Julie, thank you for sharing these. They are wonderful.

Clytie said...

What beautiful displays of light. I like most of them, but some are just too much for my eyes.

Εscape said...

Really beautiful.

Lois said...

These are amazing sights Julie!

lewi14 said...

What amazing shots.ö

Bergson said...

great shots in the night

J Bar said...

Brilliant shots Julie. They turned out really well. I was in the city last Saturday night but the rain prevented me from taking any shots. The Macquarie Street lights are quite good but I agree about all the movement perhaps being a bit too much. I also thought the Opera House lights were a little underwhelming and dull compared to last year.
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Joan Elizabeth said...

I dunno I'm a bit over buildings painted with light. And I did love the fairy light which all seem be be just about gone.

However I love that blue arch and think with fondness of Macquarie and his road over the mountains which pretty much follows the same route today ... except much wider and getting wider every day.

At Mt York there are parts of the original stone cuttings visible and even the bit of rocks they had to make wider so Macquarie's coach could fit through. Since you are such a Macquarie fan you should come up some day and we could go visit it together.

Peter said...

Beautiful photos of an interesting display.

Marka said...

I dunno about the rest of the light show, but I think your photos of the blue tunnel are quite good.

Ann said...

Good to see someone has managed to get some shots of these. I don't find them as impressive as some of the others have been,overdone perhaps, although the Cathedral looks impressive (have yet to see it). Also yet to get down there on a dry night with the SLR. Am singularly unimpressed by the blue arch.

Re Fire Water, I have 2.00pm performance of the Sapphires at Seymour Centre on the Saturday so was thinking of dragging the gear in with me if the weather was okay. Still not sure whether it would be easier to come in later another day rather than hang around till it starts. Think its Fri-Mon.

Julie said...

Ahha ... when you said that Ann, it occurred to me that the Saturday is when I am choofing down to Minnamurra Falls. Only return to Sydney at 530 so not likely to want to go shooting down at CQ. How about the Friday sessions. That way the Sun/Mon can be fall backs if the weather is shite or if the photos were.

Bill said...

A fantastic display of lights, but what does it do to the carbon footprint?

brattcat said...

You're so right about the beauty to be found in the simpler, cleaner approach. This can be said of most things. Understated elegance will be remembered long after fussy beauty is forgotten.

Jayne said...

Fabulous photos, thanks for sharing them with us!
Wish I could head up there to have a gander but your photos are the next best thing :)

diane said...

Thanks for showing us the light show. It is bordering on tacky. Just as well its not permanent.

Julie said...

Bordering!!

Dindin MK said...

Beautiful!
I love that blue light effect...

Vanessa said...

Beautiful photos!

I really enjoy vivid.

xx Vanessa