While Melbourne has some neat...
While Melbourne has some neat sites, if you like hiking, leave the city and hit the country. The Great Ocean road is amazingly scenic and has great terrain ranging from ocean cliffs to rain forests. The ridiculous driving rules. I can handle driving on the wrong side of the road, but what's the deal with the 'right turn from the left lane only' in downtown (in town) Melbourne.
The statue II
The art world weren't having none of this. The then Curator of Sculpture at the NGV, reports Alleyn Best, "praised Malvern Councillors for their 'sense of adventure.' Declaring that the statues are 'homogenous to the buildings and complement the town hall', he also considered their importance to local traders, explaining that 'the gestures of the statues pointed to the antique shops one way, to the restaurants the other.'"
(I love that last sentence best of any part of this story.)
Sixteen years later, I have heard that it is not unusual for an upstanding member of the Armadale or Malvern community, paying their rates notice or animal registration at the town hall, to also take a moment to inform council workers that the statues across the road are diabolical objects straight out of the Pit. The sculptures have been on the National Trust Register - the Trust entry is worth looking at if you're interested in this sort of stuff - since 1994, because supposedly for future generations "this work will be seen as the first Post Modern sculpture in Melbourne."
The National Trust don't specify what they mean by "Post Modern." I suspect they have in mind the 1980s fashion for historical pastiche. Whatever. I think it's true that this is a very adventurous piece of public art, but, to be brutally honest, that doesn't make it any less uggerly, or naff. I am indebted here to "Laura" whose site I unearthed, and unashamedly reproduce here, while googling for Juraszek. She has three things that I liked. She's feminine, opinionated and witty so I decided to share all that with you.
Sadly, I don't agree with her sentiments about this particular sculpture. I vividly remember the similar controversy that erupted over Newcastle's fountain in Civic Park but now people love it.
I found this sculpture served a few purposes: 1. By its very existence it promotes the arts; 2. It's certainly eyecatching; 3. It's definitely different (and, after seeing a 100 similar religious paintings in Italy, believe me, different is good) 4. It's placed where people can see it. 5. It promotes conversation about the arts.
I saw a pig
I saw a pig somewhere at Lygon street (if I not mistaken), this is a non-halal material in Malaysia where a pig or a dog is always sensitive, not allow to question. Here I saw a pig as a welcome sign to attract customers in front of the shop, unbelievable to Islamic peoples, welcome by non-Islamic peoples. Do not ask this kind of question, it's very sensitive and it's a common sense, just don't ask, obey what you should obey.
Melbourne is notorious for it's 4 seasons in one day. Weather in Melbourne can change so rapidly so bring everything to equip yourself for the weather.An umbrella is a good investment for the rain
Walk on Black Rock beach and forget you're in the
Black Rock beach is another 20 minutes drive from more famous St Kilda. Public transport is not good - a train to Sandringham and then walk on the beach or a bus from St Kilda to Sandringham.
The beach is clean and sandy and the water is usually clear. There is a very pleasant walking path along the cliffs above the beach all along here for a few kilometres- coastal ti tree and other foliage. You can walk above Half Moon Bay and look at the wreck of the iron battleship, the Cerberus, or swim out to it. Good fish and chips at Half Moon Bay.
You can keep walking for hours in either direction- nice views, places to sit and think, safe and quiet. Even in winter, it's a great place to walk. At Rickett's Point in Beaumaris, you can buy lunch and good coffee.
There is an 'art trail' - reproductions of paintings done at particular places by people like Arthur Merric Boyd, Clarice Beckett and a lot of Australian artists.