The Contemporary Art Museum in Sydney is Ultra Secure

Water Efficiency exhibit or bizzare Higher School Certificate Art Project.


There is a wonderful building at Circular Key (Quay- Delexit spelling choice of the majority of conformists), Sydney–Australia. It’s just across the water from the Opera House. The outside surface is composed of sandstone, with sharp edges and its height is impressive without being neck craning like the modern sky screamers(scrapers) of every modern city in the world.

Such a building is Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. There is no chance at the moment that anyone is going to steal any of the exhibits. Many of them look like the last rements of a Mad Max collision. Some, look like the aborted art projects from some desperate attempt at a HSC project, a few weeks before the cut-off date.

This is what happens when there is so much going on in the real world and no one audits the ridiculous money spent on ideas in public museums. There was one exhibit that had three old bumper bars from any old  car, arranged around a support pillar of the building. The rest of the room had some other pathetic crap in it. I was so unimpressed I couldn’t even be bothered to take a picture. Apathy at the museum of C.A. is so apparent, the staff don’t even bother to enforce the no photography rule. They know that many of the exhibits are not worth viewing  anyway, let alone taking a picture.

But there were a few interesting exemptions, on the day I visited. Here are a few worthy pictures to browse over–

Spiral of Wood with massive bubble wrap in background


You often wonder what would happen if you had an unlimited number of paddle pop sticks at your command. The above picture gives you a glimpse into that reality. Bubble wrap on a gigantic scale is always an interesting display The curators obviously know about the average person’s propensity to jump on it– so they installed it vertically to preserve its integrity.

One of the outstanding pieces was the Super Hooper billy cart with convertible top.

Super size the Billy Cart Dad!!


It was one of those fanciful type of objects such as you would see in the remake of the Flintstones, although it was made from wood, not stone.

My hopes for this exhibition were not all dashed. These types of inventions reminded one of Leonardo’s Da Vinci’s’ ones that were in Sydney, just a month or two ago. Such wooden devices are always fascinating. Perhaps in the future, the students will be able to dazzle us with more elaborate ones when they next decide to amuse the general public with an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum of Sydney









Another view of the Water Exhibit.


A still from the Depression years perhaps?



The engineering students at what UNi or Tafe or Institute that came up with these projects, enjoy complexity along with humour. You really don’t get the full impact of this exhibit, unless you are there. It actually had a little device which continually buzzed. any observer was always expectant–hopping to see something spectacular occurred. Nothing ever happened whilst I was clicking away.

How do you see where you are going in this invention. Does it steer itself?



There were peddles inside the wooden structure, but one wonders how fast in reality you could pedal the behemoth and for how long.



Captain Cook Holds Onto His Pants in Sydney *** I now have trousers

Just recently, the CBD in Sydney, Australia, experienced a mammoth gust of antarctic cold. A freezing cold mass of air collided with a large hot air mass and created winds which were around the 60-80 km/h mark. Normally, this wouldn’t bother any of the many stone statues inhabiting the parks and street corners of Sydney, but some imaginative individuals created gigantic clothes for these stone cold sentinels.

Fortunately, Queen Victoria’s underpants did not end up flying into James Cook’s face.

Fat Queen Victoria holds onto underpants

This is of course a joke. Anyone who knows the layout of Sydney and the clothed statues would know the Frumpy is a long way from James Cook. There are many trees and associated obstacles to overcome before James would ever have to cop a granny pants in the face. The colours are extremely vivid. The original poses, make for amusing viewing in the 21st century.

The best one would have to be the Horse statue featuring some pretentious twit called Edward. You would think it had been clothed by a group of university students. The football socks reveal a sense of humour definitely needed on the cold streets of Sydney on the 16th/17th of October, 2010.

Some King called Edward

Snoopy flies into Sydney

Snoopy flies into the Global Gallery, Sydney, Paddington

Charlie Brown and Snoopy are some of the most well-known characters from Charles Shultz’s comic strip–Peanuts–that when an exhibition of some of the memorabilia and collectables are held, it well generate an attraction to those of all ages who are fans.

On the 15th of October, 2010, in Sydney, Paddington, at the Global, 5 Comber Street, Snoopy laid on his back again, atop of his flying red kennel, and enchanted people of all types with his smile. There were a few items with Charles Shultz’s signature on them. On the walls were large, framed comic strips displaying some of the iconic wisdom of the artist. The characters that are so simple in appearance have changed over the decades. There were a few time lines depicting the subtle and dramatic evolution of the drawings over the years. Many may not have realised Charlie Brown started off with a different shaped head to the one we are accustomed to seeing in later years of the Peanuts comic series and in the more advanced animated cartoon feature movies.

There was of course the obligatory soft toy snoopy. In one display case was a Peanuts chess set. Two of the most famous images in the Peanuts series–Snoopy’s dog house and the Pyschartrist’s kiosk were reproduced for people to take souvenir pictures.

Snoopy on top of red dog house

If you were one of the lucky ones into the gallery earlier in the day,  you may have been given one of the free media bags with Snoopy badges inside along with a brief history of the Peanuts comic strip. The bag itself will become a collector’s items, as it was extremely colourful and depicted Snoopy along with smaller drawings of all the Peanuts gang. The most treasured item would have to be the Snoopy key ring.

It was interesting to view this material. Perhaps some time in the future, a 3D version of a Charlie Brown feature length cartoon will be produced. Children and adults alike will no doubt will be entranced by being immersed in such a humourous fantasy world.

Classic Charlie Brown