The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia sits on Circular Quay, a popular and busy wharf that has ferries coming in and out, cruise ships docked for the day, tons of people, restaurants, shops, and movie theaters, with views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It is magnificent, in one of the world’s liveliest cities.
The first photo is from around 3:00 pm, when some fog/mist rolled in…this is a view of the Harbour Bridge from the top outdoor floor of the museum. The last time we were here, we climbed to the top of this bridge via internal ladders and walkways. You must wear a jumpsuit and empty everything from your pockets so that nothing drops on the cars crossing the bridge. You are tethered to the handrail, but otherwise you just climb and get quite a view of the harbor as well as the history of the area. It was fabulous. When we looked at the price to do it again yesterday, it is now $168 per person, so our old memories will have to suffice! This bridge is also the site of the New Year’s Eve fireworks, when the entire structure is fitted with fireworks and sort of goes up in flames, along with those in the sky, of course! Look for photos on New Year’s Day.
The second photo is from inside the museum, facing Circular Quay…you can see a ferry making its way out of the harbor. The next two photos are some aboriginal art that we found very colorful and interesting. The one after that, believe it or not, is an installation on an entire wall of pieces of driftwood that just happen to look like animals and birds of all kinds.
The next one is interesting to us…Blue Reflex by Ian Burn. The piece is 52 years old. It is plain glossy blue. Period. The idea is that when you look into it, you become part of the artwork by seeing your outline. Okay. It just doesn’t seem like art to us, but that is the world of modern art. A photo of the description follows the piece of shiny blue art.
Following that are two photos of films that were absolutely fascinating, by Caroline Garcia. The description follows the two shots from the movies. She made costumes and learned dances from old movies and digitally inserted herself into them, succeeding so amazingly. Her arm and foot movements were in perfect sync with the people who danced in those films 70-80 years ago! It was fascinating to watch. These are the two photos that came out relatively intact, since photographing film is tricky, at best.
The last shot is an item being sold in the museum shop….irresistible!