Monday, 13 February 2012

Monday Mural - Sydney Place


Deep in the heart of Wooloomooloo lies a town centre, where the decaying tenements of the early 1970s were demolished. Through roads have been blocked off, parks and playgrounds take their place. It is low-rise all packed together, with a large number of unemployed, indigent, and indigenous inhabitants.


There are a number of murals in the area, mostly with indigenous motifs, which were restored by the City Of Sydney during 2010. Once again, for residents of Sydney, I have included the ubiquitous Sydney Tower in the post to enable you to orient yourself. One of the signs says 'Dowling Street'. I was standing in Sydney Place to take the photograph of the mid-nineteenth century working man's cottage.

This is my contribution to the Monday Mural community.

23 comments:

Peter said...

Haven't seen these, nice detail.

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Wonderfully captured...

Kay L. Davies said...

Amazing colours in these gorgeous murals, Julie.
I hope indigent and indigenous aren't necessarily synonymous as they are in some places.
K

Windsmoke. said...

The murals certainly encompass the world around us :-).

Carole M. said...

and it's a colourful mural really nice. Love the little cottage too.

NixBlog said...

Great captures, Julie. But don't you just deplore the tagging that has been done on top of the that wonderful art? It's such a shame. Can't understand the mentality of these destructive people.

AL said...

These are such vibrant murals and the indigenous art is great...but what a shame that someone has been tagging it.

hamilton said...

These murals have a look of hopefulness about them. Even the indigent and indigenous deserve a bit of brightness in their neighbourhood.

Ann said...

That's a beautiful little sandstone cottage. The murals aren't bad either.

Jim said...

Beautiful murals but it really is a shame that they have been tagged.

Bob Crowe said...

On my family's only trip to Australia, about 20 years ago, our first accommodation was a hotel called the Wooloomooloo Waters. Neither we or our travel agent, a native Egyptian, could pronounce it. She kept putting a strong accent on the first and third syllables. The locals quickly set us straight but we never saw these neighborhoods.

CaT said...

so much detail!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

You've found some beauties here Julie, the colours and the simplistic style is so effective, hopefully the tags can be removed somehow.

Mark said...

Looks like an interesting spot. I also love the cottage.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

The fact that the style of these murals connects a relatively new art form with a very old tradition, makes them even more appealing. The dotted rays of the sun and all the sea creatures are enchanting. Such a pity about the tagging. But even that can't dim the cheerfulness of these images. Thank you for participating in and promoting Monday Mural. Always a pleasure to see what you've found in your flaneuring (sic) about the city.

Andy said...

Wow! Lots of detail in the murals and even on the railings. Nice capture.

Linda said...

What a pleasure to see the art people find in their cities! And how wonderful that we have people who want to preserve these in photographs. Thank you for some marvelous shots - I love the detail! And the cottage is charming.

Steffe said...

Amazing is a good word here.

VioletSky said...

I fell in love with this wonderful art style when I was in Australia.
I bet the workers who lived in that cottage didn't find it as charming as some of us in the 21st C seem to!

RedPat said...

Fabulous! Love this style.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Interesting murals in a really interesting spot. Too bad about the tagging.

diane b said...

Love the cottage. Shame about the graffiti on the mural.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I remember stumbling across this part of the city years ago and finding the terraces so attractive but saw lost hope through the gaping doorways. It is nice that the murals have been given a facelift.