I see signs of confusion – or is it just misdirection?
I felt very welcome! An interesting place, with a mix of people and strange objects and interesting cafes, all of which seemed to be begging for their stories to be told…
The Melbourne Star is another recent addition to the Melbourne skyline. It started a few years ago but only operated for a couple of days before needing extensive re-engineering. Now it’s all fine, and offers unique views of the city and the somewhat more distant mountain ranges surrounding the city.
At night it lights up, and the colours dance and pulse across the steel beams like permanent fireworks. That’s quite a show, but I was interested in the way you can glimpse it, peering around corners and between buildings all around Docklands. There’s something of the Panopticon about it, in that while I can never be sure if there’s someone in each of those air-conditioned gondolas, I just assume that there is, catching these same glimpses of life between the steel and concrete…
(Sharon’s very evocative interpretation of the Melbourne Star is on her blog here.)
Today is the turn of Federation Square (or Fed Square as it’s known locally)… a fairly recent addition to Melbourne’s collection of quirky architecture, having only been around for about 14 years now, but in that time it’s served its intended purpose of providing a meeting place, an event space, a controversial, highly fragmented, highly geographical construction theme, and it’s hard to imagine Melbourne without it.
This particular view is of The Atrium, an interesting space between spaces, that shows off some of the immense web of steel that is a recurring design element across the buildings of the Square. I’m sure there is repetition in the pattern somewhere, but it’s beyond my powers of observation to find it!
(Sharon’s interpretation of Fed Square is on her blog here.)