Category Archives: Pavement

Some mosaic in Sydney

I just returned from a trip to Sydney – love that place!!! Feel rather lucky, really, to live so close. I suppose moving has crossed our minds many times, but Canberra works too well for us right now. Maybe down the road… Anyway, as I was there for other business associated stuff, I didn’t have time to go out of my way to check out all the mosaic. There’s too much to see in a weekend anyway… but a little here and there goes a long way, right?

So I photographed what I did see. One was a sign for a restaurant in Darling Harbour. Interesting decor in there actually. I get easily bored by restaurant interiors because most just look the same and could easily be so much more interesting at not such a great cost, but they made the interiors stand out a little more from the usual.


The other one was a floor installation at the Circular Quay train station. It was all made from ceramic, and I can’t tell you who the artist is or when it was installed, but it has been made out of ceramic and the design was made in several areas of the station. Quite a clever design as it really improves the overall appearance without the feeling that it is so beautiful you don’t want to step on it!

Circular Quay

Last but not least, is the Sydney Opera House. I suppose it is not the mosaic that people find attractive with this building but I was looking at it and realised that the technique employed of using grout to create the scalloped look is part of mosaic technique. And the entire roof is made of ceramic tile. I can’t fathom how it was done, it’s just amazing! But I love that building. It really is an amazing piece of architecture, also because acoustically it is home to one of the best halls in the world! And of course I, as a sound engineer, have an interest in acoustics too…

Sydney Opera House

Apologies for the terrible photo. It was drizzling and I was on a “fairy” boat, as my daughter implied. 🙂


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Canberra Hospital Mosaics Part 3

This mosaic, also at the main entrance of the Canberra Hospital resides on the pavements surrounding it’s main entrance. One probably wouldn’t even notice it was there! In fact one nurse mentioned to me that she walked over it almost every day for the last 15 years and never really thought about it…

It appears to be made from handmade terracotta tile and glass. It was made by Jennifer Jones, Kaleen Watts, Nickolas Stranks and Roberta Simpson all of whom were part of the Brindabella Working Group, sister group to the Majura Women’s Group (who are Northside, Brindabella are Southside).

The accompanying plaque states:
“The pavement mosaic describes a journey through time and culture. The path travels through images from nature: under a microscope, from earth and plants, through invention, by belonging to this country.”

Made as part of the (then) new Woden Valley Hospital Arts Program in 1993, participants included youth from the Gugan Gulwan Koori Youth Group (an Indigenous support group) and Southside and Tumladden Youth Refuges. Tumladden provides young people, 16 – 18 years, with medium term supported accommodation and the development of independent living skills and Southside Youth Refuge, as I understand, is also a crisis accomodation refuge for young people.

The World Beneath our Feet


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