The Willoughby Incinerator is an Art Deco gem that has been lovingly restored and converted into a a cafe and art gallery. Built and designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1930, it is also very historic. As you may or may not know, American architect Walter Burley Griffin worked at Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park Studio (1901 - 1905) and then later won an international competition to design Australia's capital city Canberra in 1912. After he completed Canberra, he made his home in Castlecrag and set about designing and developing the three suburbs of Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Castle Cove. There are also several Burley Griffin designed stone buildings in Castlecrag that still stand in addition to the quirky suburb and street layout which anyone familiar with Canberra would recognise as being designed by Walter Burley Griffin due to its circular nature.
Anyway, I have been meaning to take some photos of this art deco beauty for some time now and finally this morning I got the chance!
There is a London Plane tree in Rushcutter's Bay Park that has a cockatoo sized hole in it which is, funnily enough, the home of a very handsome sulphur crested cockatoo. I have seen him there most days as I walk past and have always thought, "Boy, I wish I had my camera with me". And then finally today I managed to remember take my camera with me which resulted in the photos you see here.
Have you been watching Netflix's "The Crown"? I have, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it! I didn't take to it immediately: nobody truly looked like the royals and I was a bit put off initially by the depiction of the royals being "ordinary" etc however, its gorgeous production design, fabulous script, understated acting and possibly accurate behind the scenes historical detail won me over! I am particularly impressed by Claire Foy who plays Queen Elizabeth - she is really quite terrific at being very regally contained, but believably human at the same time. Most of all though, I think John Lithgow as Winston Churchill is the star of the series. I feel certain he will be up for an Emmy or Golden Globe for his performance here.
Anyway, watching him has inspired the following two images I cobbled together based on famous quotes uttered by the great man himself.
Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms, was a keen cat lover. He had a six toed cat given to him by a ship's captain. Apparently, this cat's descendants still live at his home in Florida which has been turned into a museum.
You can read more about Hemingway's museum and six toed cats here.
One of my favourite landmarks in Sydney is The Sydney Harbour Bridge. I drive over it most days and every time I do, it is an absolute treat! Even whilst driving you can appreciate the aspect, the view of the approaching city and the wonderful cloudscapes. It's even better when you walk over it - the view is spectacular - so high up and all that beauty of the harbour and ferries and The Sydney Opera House below.
These paintings and drawings of the bridge being built are by local Sydney gal Grace Cossington Smith. She was born in 1892 in Neutral Bay (quite close by to where the bridge stands) and was a pioneering modernist Australian artist. I think these are some of my favourite art works depicting Sydney.