26 SEPTEMBER 2018
After a winters break, the SAW3 Harbourings tour reconvenes on Saturday.
Getting beyond the post–card view of the city and its two shimmering icons, 'Harbourings' reveals Sydney at her rawest and most spectacular, her most self–conscious and most corrupt.
Join us on this stroll around Sydney's spectacular harbour edge, from Circular Quay, through the city's great depository of memory -The Rocks - up Observatory Hill and on to Walsh Bay. The route is diverse, spectacular and full of surprising recent projects as well as gritty historical reminders of the cities industrial/maritime past.
Beginning with Circular Quay, where the powerful forces of commerce are held back from the harbour by that bland concrete motorway – the Cahill Expressway – we will discuss Utzon's vision for the Quay, controversial plans for the Museum of Contemporary Art and you will discover Sydney's brutalist masterpiece - the radical Sirius Apartment building by Tao Gofers.
We will pluck out some surprising contemporary gems in The Rocks before exploring the breathtaking Walsh Bay Finger Wharves, a family of early 20th Century industrial buildings that extend out into Sydney's harbour. They are amongst the largest timber structures in the world, romantic symbols of Sydney's maritime history and the first structures in Australia to be nominated as a World Heritage Site -recently converted into a modern residential and cultural precinct.