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Sydney. On a bike.

Sydney. On a bike.

This has to be one of my favourite ride shots: nothing particularly special about the taking, just grabbed the smartphone and shot from the hip (ok, saddle – don’t try that at home kids). No time spent planning it or composing it, just a quick click as my buddy and I swung under the bridge after a morning spent riding along the coast under Sydney’s glorious winter sunshine. Continue reading

Sculpture By The Sea: C-

In this year’s incarnation another bunch of artists shoot a load of their creative juices over the Bondi to Tamarama coastline… in more ways than one. I may have zero education or training in art appreciation, but I won some stickers at a Dr Sketchy event once, so my opinion carries some weight: most of the pieces seem less like art, and more like illegal dumping of junk from the artist’s garage. Thankfully all the ‘pieces’-cum-middens have little cards with numbers to point out that what you are looking at is indeed art. I was sorely tempted to move one of the cards and place it next to a workout station, which to be frank, was more aesthetically pleasing. And let’s be honest, if you or I put music playing motion sensors on our property, the council would tear it down in a matter of days.

Still, some of the pieces do add a certain whimsy, and others a sense of humour. But the majority seem to be making up the numbers. Thankfully the view of the ocean is always there if you need something inspiring to look at. And if you go at dusk, you might get a guy playing classical guitar on the clifftop next to the big head.

At the end of the day, it’s a good excuse to go and enjoy one of the best strolls in the world, and will no doubt spark discussion, but it would be nice if future editions didn’t have so many (land) filler pieces.

Sculpture by the Sea litters the Bondi coastal walk until Nov 14. Or you can stay at home and view it via the flickr group.

Sydney Design Festival: Small Stories Big Pictures

The Sydney Design festival runs from July 31 to August 15 covering a range of events all across town. Over the next few days I’ll be poring over the programme and picking out the events that are bike-related, or just plain fun. For more info see sydneydesign.com.au or follow @syddes.

Small Stories Big Pictures is essentially an elaborate marketing exercise for a collection of independent Surry Hills stores, but it’s still a lot of fun. If you were lucky enough to register in time, you get to borrow a bike and a funky Lomo camera for a Saturday, and then go explore Surry Hills. Even if you didn’t, you can still participate with your own bike and camera by picking up a ‘passport’ and taking the tour yourself.

Last Saturday I did the latter with some friends who had been smart enough to register, and we loved it. Essentially, you wander around Surry Hills, visit the participating stores, and snap photos of whatever tickles your fancy. At the end of the three weeks, participants’ photos are displayed in a massive collaborative montage displayed at the Beresford Hotel. To be honest, you don’t really need a bike (although it does give you a chance to test the much maligned Bourke St cycleway), and you don’t even need to take photos. It’s just a good excuse to get out, see a bit of town you might not normally, enjoy a few free coffees/cakes/beers, and collect a few discount offers at a range of stores. Thoroughly enjoyable and highly recommended.

Small Stories Big Pictures is running August 7 and 14, starting at Metalab or Cloth, and lasts as long as you want it to. The photo exhibition takes place at the Beresford Hotel on August 18 from 6pm, with a raffle to win one of the quirky Lomo cameras.

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