Sydney city watch
In Sydney’s CBD, there is one of the city’s most famous views – you can stand at the steps of the Town Hall and look across the city. Stretching to King Edward Street and the Royal Botanic Gardens, it is the spot from which to experience Sydney’s vantage point on the harbour. And as of 7 November, it is also the site of one of Australia’s longest running public art exhibitions, Bondi-to-Manly.
Through March, 2019, the views are much more impressive than that, as the “viewing spaces” created by Sydney architects Manly and Doolan are playing host to the cities own unique interactive experiences.
The first stage of the installation features a series of park benches connected to the observation deck. After turning the lights on for the first few months, the experience is being lit up “continuously” from now until April.
If you turn down the lights, you turn up the clouded lanterns created by British artist Francis Spufford and the “clouded race” created by the Sydney Speed Skating Club. Looking westwards you will also encounter the Sydney Giant Sydney City Line train, launched by New South Wales in April and commemorating the opening of the city line in 1973.
The clouds are lit on a relatively large scale, in one of Sydney’s tallest buildings, the 350 metre-tall (937ft) Artadelphian. Designer Sandy Patch used the CBD walkway, which is arguably the most famous landmark in the city, as inspiration.
View from the Artadelphian. Photograph: NetRunner
Entrance to the view is free. The view lasts until the end of March, and what better way to enjoy it than with a locally-made Australian beer like Local Brewing Company’s City Cider Chiller, which is flavoured with the mangroves of Parramatta creek.
There are seven viewing spaces in total, the largest of which is the largest, a piece of work designed by Charles Horn to accommodate one million litres of water. It is located directly below the observation deck and will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week through to Christmas.
A little further back, stands the tree of life which shapes Bondi from an “organic space” to a “nostalgic place”. The aim of the installation is to encourage people to use the city views “in a non-traditional way” – through question and answer sessions, group workshops and cultural discussions.
Locals and visitors alike can be seen gathering at the other vantage points and taking photos of the sunset, creating art on the spot. Tickets are free, but seats are limited to ensure every viewer is given the opportunity to look out over the city.