Friday, 23 March 2012

AURORA - DOCKLANDS

“Aurora” is a 2006, large stainless-steel sculpture, by Geoffrey Bartlett, situated at the corner of Harbour Esplanade & Bourke St, Docklands. “Aurora” engages with the history of Docklands. The work’s central component is a sweeping netlike form constructed in stainless steel, held aloft by three curved and tapering stainless-steel legs. It is suggestive of technologies once used to move cargo between ships and shore, underscoring the historical importance of the site as a shipping port.

The work encourages passers-by to walk through it, but the vertical elements also draw the viewer’s attention up to the main, netlike component, challenging them to consider its meaning. Named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora’s stainless-steel surface is highly reflective and responds to changes in natural light during the day. By night, the main component is lit internally, creating the impression of a glowing orb suspended above street level.

This post is part of Sylvia's Skywatch Friday meme.







21 comments:

  1. What an awesome sculpture, Nick! And what gorgeous skies for the perfect backdrop!! I always enjoy reading the very interesting information that you include in your posts for the day.

    I do wish I could fully claim Sky Watch, but it was started years ago by a gentleman named, Klaus, who passed away last year far to soon for the very talented man/photographer that he was. Sandy Carlson and I were both part of a team back then and after his death when so many people urged us to keep Sky Watch going, we agreed to help keep it going. I'm so glad you are contributing! Your photos are a definite plus for the meme!

    Have a lovely weekend!

    Sylvia

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  2. Great sculpture!! You did a good job of capturing it. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Stunning artwork. I most love the fifth pic :)

    http://www.womenandperspectives.com/2012/03/sky-watchcut-mountain.html

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  4. Lovely structure against the blue sky!. Lovely photographs Nick.
    Thanks.

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  5. What an eye-catching sculpture! My favorite one is the fourth.

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  6. Very interesting and nice sculpture.
    Nice photos, too.

    Regards and best wishes

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  7. What a great series! Beautiful and interesting sculpture :)
    And what a nice blue sky - hope we'll see it alot in Norway this summer ...
    Enjoy your weekend!!
    Pia xx

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  8. You have been taking some great shots lately Nick. Keep it up.

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  9. We love to hang out in places like this! Fabulous sky and those sculptures are amazing -- perfect to point out that blue sky too!

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  10. Great piece! And your usual wonderful pics. ;-)

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  11. c'est une magnifique et etrange statue

    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge "Walk In The Street Photography"

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  12. What a fabulous piece of sculpture Nick and so beautifully shown to us here, the steel against the blue sky works so well.

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  13. great skywatch Nick
    love the angles you captured

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  14. Wow! Such a lot going on in that sculpture!! So how many photos did you take that DIDN'T make it onto the post??!!

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  15. J'aime beaucoup cette série de photos urbaine. Je suis copain avec un Australien qui me parle souvent de Melbourne comme une ville où il fait bon vivre.

    Roger

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  16. Fantastic perspectives of this unusal sculpture! Great job.

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