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Cockatoo Island is a great place to explore.

Located in Sydney Harbour at the junction of the Parramatta and Lane Cove rivers, it’s just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.  Pete and I visited the Biennale exhibit there a couple of weeks ago, and were so blown away by the island itself that I felt it deserved a post of its own.

Sydney turned on her shiniest spring weather for our trip.  The free Biennale ferry took us past the Opera House and under the Harbour Bridge. We really do live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world…

The 18ha (44 acres) island operated as a penal colony in the mid-1800s, and as one of Australia’s largest and longest running shipyards from 1857 to 1991.  The view from the restored houses at the top of the cliffs is breathtaking…

The island was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2010…

The dock below was built by convicts in the 1800s…

The island is a huge seagull nesting site – I didn’t want to get too close with my iPhone camera to the dark coloured chicks, many of whom were nested on the ground in the care of their parents.  The sky was full of gulls, riding the winds…

Some of the old buildings are still standing, although many were demolished when the shipyard closed in 1991…

The island is dotted with heavy machinery from a previous era…

…and remnants of its penal colony past…

There are two tunnels cutting through the cliffs from one side of the island to the other.  We weren’t sure if the lighting in this one was utilitarian or an art installation…

Cockatoo Island is a fascinating landmark, and definitely worth a visit if you ever get a chance.  The ferry ride alone is worth the trip!

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Welcome to my city!

It was a sunny winter’s day, and Pete and I took a trip down to the historic Rocks district to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).

The Rocks, built along Sydney’s foreshore, was the site of Australia’s first European settlement in 1788.  The area now has protected status, and its original architecture has been preserved. Skyscrapers dominate from Circular Quay onwards…

We had a delicious lunch at the MCA restaurant, sitting outside and gazing  at the Opera House…

Everything about the MCA is cool, even the hand dryers in the bathrooms…

The 18th Biennale of Sydney, our largest contemporary visual arts event, is currently in full swing.  The MCA plays an integral part in this, with two floors of the museum currently dedicated to Biennale installations.

Here’s just a snippet of what the MCA has on offer at the moment.  All the photos were taken with my iPhone4S, using the Hipstamatic app (Foxy lens, Pistil film, for those who are interested).  The size and majesty of many of the displays was hard to capture (especially as flash photography is prohibited).

This large installation by Thai artist, Pinaree Sanpitak is entitled Anything Can Break. The accompanying music makes standing under the display a complete sensory experience…

The Biennale includes several audio visual pieces, including Air Land by Khaled Sabsabi..

Moon Jars, by Pak Young-Sook…

The Mending Project, by Lee Mingwei is an interactive piece – members of the public bring clothing that needs to be mended and chat to the artists as it’s being repaired. The clothing is then left for the duration of the exhibition…

All the pieces remain connected to the spools mounted on the wall…

Multicoloured oil paints on canvas, by Thai artist Mit Jai Inn…

Hidden away in a darkened corner is Brisbane artist Ross Manning’s Fixational Eye (Vertical), a spinning light display…

I could have stood there watching it all day…

Woven Water: Submarine Landscape I by Maria Fernanda Cardosa incorporates preserved starfish…

These Manster pieces by Maria Kozic are direction specific. Here they are viewed from the left…

..and from the right…

Girelal by Alick Tipoti is a very large linocut mounted on canvas – my iPhone could only capture sections of it…

I found A Journey by Judith Wright very moving (but hard to photograph in the deliberately dimly lit room)…

The top floor of the MCA offers a café with breathtaking views…

Astonishingly, entry to the MCA is free.  If you’re in Sydney, do wander in for a visit, and maybe support them as we did, by eating in one of their restaurants or purchasing from their very funky shop!

Museum of Contemporary Art
140 George St
The Rocks
Sydney  NSW  2000
10am – 5pm Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun
10am – 9pm Thursdays
Closed Christmas Day

Website:  www.mca.com.au

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