Three of my favourite interests, from a purely aesthetic point of view are architecture, design and photography.
Ballast Point Park in the Sydney suburb of Balmain, manages to straddle all three. Over the last 150 years, the site has been used for many things, including a private estate, a fuel depot, a grease plant and finally returned to the public to be used as a park.
It’s industrial history has not been forgotten and many elements have been retained and recycled as part of the artistic site, such as ‘Tank 101’, much of the metal was salvaged to create the installations. The dotted typeface used on the site reflected the thousands of rivets used in it’s industrial period. The passages of poetry on the installation read ‘Stone statues of ancient waves’ & ‘Tongue like dingoes on shore’ are from ‘The Death Of Isaac Nathan’ by Australian poet Les Murray.
The clean, cold lines of poured concrete reinforce its industrial past.
The park is an award winning space, and has great views of the CBD and the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge, it is strangely calm and serene for somewhere so close to the city centre.
Curiously, there is also a Michael Jackson shrine. similar in theme to the love locks made famous by the Pont de l’Archeveche in Paris; but seemingly now popping up everywhere including the Harbour Bridge (although a security guy told us they just cut them off once a month!) Paris, and romance are like mac and cheese, or Kylie and Jason. MJ & Balmain are, well not the same.
You can reach Ballast Point Park on the Cockatoo Island ferry from Circular Quay.