art out and about in Sydney

I was up in Sydney to check out some more offerings from the Biennale, but found some time to do some art out and about while I was there.  Perhaps I was inspired into action by the graffiti-like chalk works of Dan Perjovschi, which fill the voids on the facade of the Art Gallery of NSW, where long ago envisaged bas reliefs never came to completion.  Not a lot of intact autumn leaves were left blowing about to trace, but there were a few, including these couple.

I continued tracing and filling the shape of the odd leaf here and there as I walked through town.  I didn’t get the impression that any of the many passers by were paying the slightest attention to me or the drawings.  Perhaps Sydney people are too busy for that – or they have just trained themselves not to make any eye contact with nutters on the street! I did a whole collection of white leaf tracings further down near Circular Quay, but it was getting a bit dark for photography by then.  Passed by again two days later, but the area had been swept and cleaned.  A faint trace of the chalk remained – but none of the leaves or rubbish.  Thus is the nature of ephemeral work.  The red tracings were still quite prominent though – they had been drawn on wet pavement so had a good dense covering of chalk.

Meanwhile a little re-arranging of fallen male cones, in this case from a Queensland Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta) in the Domain.  Not entirely sure what this type of work is about yet, maybe nothing more than delighting in the grub-like shape of these little objects.


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