Showing posts from July, 2011

Chinese Gardens Sydney

Here's a pic I did for some friends who got married there last year. I've been playing a bit with "frames" for drawings a bit like Aubrey Beardsley work (not as bawdy). Adds an interesting dynamic and a chance to have a bit of fun with patterns and textures.

Enjoy!     J

newtown graffiti #1

OK, OK.... I've been accused of only showing Melbourne art on architecture!!!!  I know we have just as good stuff up here.

Here's some of my favourites from Newtown. Today it is around the Fiji Markets in south King Street.

It's a riot of colour, composition, mystery and imagination.  Enjoy ..........     J


Consecrated in 1248 as a chapel connected to the palace of King Louis IX it remains one of the best examples of the Rayonnant period of Gothic architecture. Louis was a bit of a religious nut and spent a kings ransom buying various religious relics, like a piece of the holy cross, the crown of thorns, the image of Odessa, the sacred spear, etc.  He needed a place to keep all his stuff so he commissioned the chapel. Like most French sacred buildings it suffered major damage during the French revolution of the late 18th century. At one stage it was used as records storage and the lower sections of beautiful stained glass were removed to allow more light in. The building was later faithfully restored by Eugene Voillet-le-Duc in 1855. It was declared a national monument in 1862.

It's located in the Palais de Justice area on the Isle de la Cite. You pass through police checks and metal detectors to enter the area. It looks non de script when first viewed from outside. A relatively smal…

St Mick's hill

In 708AD the Bishop of Avranches must have got the shock of his life when the Archangel Michael appeared and said he just had to build a church on a rocky islet on the coast of Normandy. Thus began a long history of ecclesiastical construction on what is now known as Mont St Michel. It weathered many storms, wars and neglect. At one stage during the French revolution the abbey was closed and it was used as a prison. It was only through the hard work of influential French people such as Victor Hugo (who also helped save many other national building treasures such as Notre Dame in Paris) that it was restored. The prison was closed in 1863 and it was declared a national monument in 1874.

It's an easy drive through narrow Brittany and Normandy country roads and cute villages to arrive at the causeway. Park on the higher areas to avoid the flooding tide. Meander up through the medieval lower village (avoid the world's most expensive omelette restaurant - madame ... we nevair put ch…

Melbourne graffiti #4

Some more great work from the big smoke (south). A lot of the graffiti from the previous posts has already gone or been painted over. You've got to enjoy them while they last .......       J

Wendy Whiteley's secret garden

Hidden away in Lavender Bay is a beautiful hidden garden designed, created and overlooked with great love and care by Wendy. It can be a short walk on it's own but better to make it part of a longer walk, exploring Blues Point in general. There are statues, hand crafted stairs and shady nooks. Take the stairs down through the tunnel under the rail line and you emerge into the sparkling vista of Lavender Bay, washed by the sounds of merry makers at Luna Park.       J

funky Melbourne architecture

Where do you start ... Melbourne is full of surprising little developments, tucked into back lanes and streets of the inner city. Sydney councils mostly take it upon themselves to be the arbiters of what is suitable for our streetscapes. Like junior town planners really know....    Because of that all the really interesting stuff is down south. These are just a few for your amusement.   J