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A Peek Inside At Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia

Following on from yesterday’s photo essay on the exterior of Federation Square — soaring spaces, modern lines, lovely light — all of these are elements that add to your enjoyment of a visit to the buildings of Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. Here’s a peek inside!

 

The multi-story high atrium at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia

The multi-story high atrium at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia


 
The descent from street level down into the atrium and toward the National Gallery of Victoria's Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia

The descent from street level down into the atrium and toward the National Gallery of Victoria’s Ian Potter Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia


 
The lobby of the Ian Potter Gallery inside Federation Square

The lobby of the Ian Potter Gallery inside Federation Square


 

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Fabulously Fractured Facades in Metro Melbourne, Australia

We had just moved back to Melbourne, Australia in 2002 and this contentious and expensive cluster of buildings and paved courtyards were completed that same year. I remember the first time I saw Federation Square (now generally known by the shortened title of Fed Square) and it seemed raw, unfinished looking, and very windy at the time. But over the years it has grown on me and I now find it ‘interesting’ if not beautiful.

Housing the NGV Ian Potter art museum, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), SBS Television and Radio Broadcasting Centre, and a range of cafes, bars, shops, and other cultural offices, Fed Square continues to provoke a love-hate response from both tourists and the citizens of Melbourne. Click on the first link in the article to read about some of the controversial decisions, negative reviews, and blow-out costs that surrounded this project.

 

The fractured and fragmented facades of the modern buildings at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia are a sharp contrast to the more traditional structures all around it.

The fractured and fragmented facades of the modern buildings at Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia are a sharp contrast to the more traditional structures all around it.


 
The buildings of Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia contain a cluster of arts organisations, a television and radio broadcasting centre, and several cafes and restaurants.

The buildings of Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia contain a cluster of arts organisations, a television and radio broadcasting centre, and several cafes and restaurants..


 
Another corner of Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne, Australia

Another corner of Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne, Australia


 

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Photo Of The Day: Angles of Steepness in Melbourne, Australia

Taken from a bridge walkway down onto another glass bridge walkway, a photo of angles and steepness inside the contemporary interior space of the NGV art museum in Melbourne, Australia.

 

Taken from a high walkway overhead, a lone woman walks on a green-tinted glass bridge within the contemporary interior of the NGV art museum in Melbourne, Australia.

Taken from a high walkway overhead, a lone woman walks on a green-tinted glass bridge within the contemporary interior of the NGV art museum in Melbourne, Australia.


 

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Inside The Pompidou Collections in Paris

As promised, here is a glimpse at some of the artwork within the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. The collections are vast, so this is just a tiny snippet from a few galleries plus a few shots from a current special exhibition.

Any of the smaller versions of photographs will expand if you click on them and you will be able to see more detail.

The current special exhibit is devoted to the life and work of the artist and designer Eileen Gray. We have been admirers of her work for quite a long time and until we sold off all of our furniture in Australia prior to our 2-1/2 year round-the-world jaunt, we had one of those glass and chrome side tables that you see pictured in the museum shop photo.

 

The lines to purchase tickets at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

A photographic portrait of designer & artist Eileen Gray


 

Examples of the forward-thinking tables and chairs designed by Eileen Gray in the 1920s-1940s which are still relevant in today’s contemporary decor.


 

Curved leather divan designed by Eileen Gray in the 1920s


 

Authorized reproductions of Eileen Gray design pieces which are for sale in the shop at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

And here is a tiny selection of some items in the permanent collection inside the Pompidou.
 

A red metal man sculpture by Olivier Mourgue


 

Hanging neon sculpture at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

A selection of colourful paintings with sexual themes


 

A huge punched metal sculpture that practically fills a room inside the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

A very large hanging sculpture named Fruits de la Passion


 

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Pompidou Photo Essay — Part 2

Here we go with a continuation of the Pompidou photo essay!

Did you ever wonder what the inside of the Pompidou looked like? Or what all of those clear plastic tubes on the exterior of the structure were for? These photos should answer some of that.

 

The vast interior lobby of the Centre Pompidou


 

Walkway through one of the clear plastic tunnels at the Pompidou


 

Even the elevators between the exhibit floors go through the clear plastic tubes on the outside of the building!


 

 

View of the Parisian landscape from the VERY top of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

Come back soon for MORE from the Pompidou including pieces of artwork inside!

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Perfectly Wonderful Pompidou

We simply adore Paris and from past experience I know that staying in just the right place makes all of the difference in how much you enjoy your visit. Our very small but simply wonderful apartment in the Marais which I had sourced from airbnb enhanced our brief citybreak in Paris on several levels. The neighbourhood was wonderful and a mere few blocks from our front door was the Centre Pompidou.

A few hours after our arrival in Paris, we strolled through a misty rain down the street at dusk and past the Pompidou. It is an astonishingly odd building and it continues to be controversial. Many people snicker at the exterior facade and the brightly coloured ‘plumbing pipes’ that look like nothing else in the neighbourhood. It grew on me!

 

Centre Pompidou at dusk


 

Close-up of Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

Then we walked around to an open plaza in back and took photos of the wonderful sculptural objects in the Stravinsky Fountain.

 

Stravinsky Fountain next to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

Moving elements within the Stravinsky Fountain next to the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France


 

Next up — photos of the inside of this vast museum and some of the wonderful artwork in the collections.

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9 Days In Spain: Intro

Barcelona for 8 days and Figueres for 1 — heaven! From traditional and historic to ancient to cutting edge contemporary, Spain has it all. We have just returned from a 9 day trip to Spain to celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary, so there will be an entire series of posts coming up in the days ahead.

I took over 2,000 photos during that trip — but then again, I typically shoot 3-4 of each scene or item so that I can choose the optimum image afterward. Some might call that a bit of overkill, but I end up with a better stock portfolio that way!

Here’s a few teaser pictures of what you will see in the weeks ahead.
 

Ruins of the previous Roman city in their excavation site beneath the streets of Barcelona, Spain


 

Contemporary sculpture to honour the volunteers for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain


 

The crossing lights in Barcelona, Spain reflect the fact that there are rather a LOT of cyclists as well as pedestrians crossing at the intersections.


 

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