london: november 2018

I spent a few days in London for work this week. It’s my last work trip of the year ☺️

Whilst most of my days were busy with work, I was super jet lagged which meant I woke up at 4am every day and whilst it was dark, it seemed safe enough to explore around the area of my hotel (Shoreditch) before breakfast. There was plenty of street art and old buildings. The streets were so dirty – garbage and suspicious fluids everywhere you step 😳

All in all a nice few days – but I won’t be rushing back.

 

new yorker desk calendar

I have a New Yorker desk calendar this year and it’s the best $10 I’ve ever spent – I get a new cartoon every day, plus a way to visualise how long I’ve got left in the year – the calendar disappears by the year’s end.

This is my favourite cartoon so far:

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sculptures by the sea?

I visited the Sculpture by the Sea Festival last week in Sydney. It’s Australia’s largest outdoor sculpture festival with exhibits along the rather magnificent coastal walk from Bronte to Bondi Beach.

It was opening day and the festival is renown for being insanely busy – over 500,000 people visit it over a week or so. Lucky for me it was bucketing down which not only meant I had it almost to myself – it was just super lovely to be walking along and enjoying the rain falling over the sea.

The coastal track is glorious in itself which made me wonder whether the sculptures are even necessary – do we need to augment nature by adding human made objects to it? I’ve never seen sculptures hiking but I’ve still enjoyed various landscapes across Australia.

But then again the sculptures were fantastic and they did have an amazing backdrop which you couldn’t replicate in any gallery.

I had no expectations when I took the bus out there in the rain to check it out – and I was blown away by it – not by the photos I took, but walking in the beautiful rain and being mindful of the experience – without having to worry about crowds. That experience was priceless.

spring hill reservoirs: the weight of light

I’ve been fascinated by the Spring Hill Reservoirs in inner-city Brisbane for some time.

The first reservoir was built in 1871, and the second just metres from the first some eleven years after. Both were built primarily of red-brick and mortar, set in-ground. Interiors feature columns and arches between walls for reinforcement. At the time of planning, Spring Hill was considered to be the ideal location for a Brisbane water source, due to its elevation above most of what is now Brisbane CBD. Water was sourced from Enoggera Dam via gravity feed. They were built in 1871 and 1882 by Henry Holmes. They serviced water to what is now Brisbane City until 1962. Currently, the reservoirs are covered by three hut-like structures above ground. For many years the reservoirs were locked and inaccessible to the public. However, since 2014, they are used occasionally for cultural events.

I’ve been waiting for a ‘cultural event’ in the reservoirs so I was lucky enough to find out about a light exhibition by artist Meagan Streader, The Weight of Light, being held in the reservoirs.

So last Thursday we picked the boys up from school and visited the reservoirs at Spring Hill. I’m not sure what I was more impressed by: exploring centuries old underground reservoirs or the neon light art exhibition within the darkness. It was a very memorable experience – particularly as we were the only people in there initially.

I can’t wait to revisit – it seems there is another art installation planned for the reservoirs as part of Brisbane Open House on October 7 – that’s definitely on the must-do list!