I was struck by how confident the contemporary inner-city architecture was too. Risky colours, interesting shapes, and wonderful juxtapositions.
|RMIT University building, |
|There's a 'brain' on the roof.|
|... and inside it's wonderful too.|
Here is an image I found on the internet that shows the cone that was erected over a shot tower, now a feature of a shopping mall and railway station.
(Shot towers were very important in colonial times. Molten lead dripped from very high up meant that the shot balls were almost nicely spherical and solidified by the time they reached the bottom.)
Inside it looks like this.
|Shot tower, Central Mall.|
It's really lame.
|The Melbourne musical clock: The bottom slides out and the imps|
and birds wriggle and bob backwards and forwards
while 'Waltzing Matilda' plays.
|St Paul's Cathedral.|
|Melbourne Town Hall on the left.|
|Flowers outside the Town Hall.|
Of course no self-respecting city is complete without at least one, preferably many, bird-annointed statues of famous people.
I was struck by the startling mustard-coloured stone of the famous and oft-photographed landmark that is the Flinders Railway Station building.
|Flinders Railways Station.|
|It goes on forever down the street there.|
|Rush hour crowds and St Paul's Cathedral from Flinders Station main entrance|
"I'll have one of those pink roses right at the top there, thank you."
|Flower stall, Flinders Station.|
Next time: The amazing NGV (National Gallery of Victoria).