On the Way
On the way to Old Parliament House, I noticed this rather charitable piece of graffiti on a road sign pointing to the new Parliament House:
I’ve cropped it fairly substantially, but I do like this shot of the Magna Carta memorial:
I also like this one taken from another angle:
The Senate gardens also have some quite spectacular roses:
For the Record
A new exhibition opened at OPH as part of Enlighten. This is For the Record dealing with the role of the Hansard in keeping records of parliamentary discourse. As you can imagine this is relatively dry stuff, and the exhibition was enhanced by providing a hands on opportunity for attendees to create some artworks around/in miniature records boxes, and attach them to the wall against particular themes.
The themes included women, and representation of women in parliament:
As well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and Asylum Seekers (plus some others). Some interesting works were created for this exhibition, and I wonder what will become of them once it ends (soon):
In an out of the way corner I ran across this quite nifty model of OPH:
Waiting for Sunset
It’s still daylight savings in Canberra so I had a fair bit of time to wait for the sun to go down, and Enlighten proper to begin. So, I was wandering around for a bit and seeing what caught my eye.
Water features in public places tend to be a bit hit and miss in Canberra. Sometimes the ducks don’t get told this.
As you head towards Lake Burley Griffin from OPH, there’s a descending walkway that frames the view north over the lake and towards the Australian War Memorial. I’m not sure how successful this shot is, but let me know what you think in the comments:
For comparison here’s a view from the bridge over the walkway:
As Enlighten got underway there was a group in lit up angel costumes wandering around. The kids on the scene found them fascinating, and the performers were certainly willing to entertain the kids by paying attention to them. I found this charming, and so did several others:
As for the main Enlighten attractions, I was using a “hand held Starlight” setting on the camera, and it worked better than I expected. One To Eight is a current art installation in OPH centered on the first 8 Prime Ministers, and worth a look if you get a chance.
This one for the 1967 referendum came out remarkably crisp:
I didn’t actually take that many because I’m having trouble assessing the quality of the photos until I get them onto the laptop, and I thought that these weren’t working. Maybe next time I’ll have a little more faith in the camera.
One last shot from the Questacon building, and that’s it for the week:
As always, please feel free to comment on what worked, what didn’t, and any suggestions for what you’d like to see in Canberra next week.