Go back a few days and you will find the post I made about the lovely old Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. An artist friend of mine, Kate, mentioned that she remembered the beautiful interior of the lobby. So today I am showing you that grandly old-fashioned lobby — followed by a reflection of the marvelous old theatre into the frankly modern exterior of the entry to the NGV Ian Potter art museum at Federation Square which is directly across Flinders Street.
What you can’t really see on the glowing dark blue skies are the tiny stars — and apologies for the slightly fuzzy-focus of the columns. The lighting inside was SO subdued that the camera was having a hard time in all of that darkness.
Interior lobby of the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Ornate columns holding lighting inside the interior lobby of the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Reflection of the lovely and old Forum Theatre into the starkly new and modern glass facade of Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia
Isn’t that a simply stunning and ornate exterior! But it really does reflect the craftsmanship and high level of architectural detail that used to go into buildings such as these. The Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia has been around since the late 1920s and thank heavens it wasn’t torn down to make way for yet another slab of modern glass architecture. We do NEED a mix of styles instead of wall-to-wall modernity.
Opened in 1929, the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, Australia
Waiting for the light to change at the pedestrian crosswalk, ever-present camera in hand, I took this picture of a lamp post across from Trafalgar Square in London. What wonderful detail used to be routinely applied to everyday objects!
This charming sculptured cherub item was created by William Sugg and Company who operated from 1837 to 1969 and their website shows a fascinating range of items that they produced and is well worth perusing for an understanding of how lovely London was in the late 1800s.
If you scan to the bottom of the page that I have linked above, you will see a drawing that indicates the appearance upon installation 129 years ago. The original glass globes were particularly pretty, in my opinion. But the lovely base is still there for the observant pedestrian in London to enjoy.