Trippin’ Around – Part Three of some…

So anyway, while I was in Brisbane, I got to catch up and spend time with a most special person. We went to QPAC and saw ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare-Abridged‘. It was a piss-funny show that didn’t stop entertaining the audience, even through Intermission.

On the Friday before I left for home, we took in the Museum at Southbank, wandered through the heart of the city, visited the old Brisbane City Hall, did the tour of the Hall, met an old school friend who now works in the ‘Museum of Brisbane‘ at City Hall, wandered the city some more, then had dinner at Garuva, an intimate yet lively restaurant and cocktail bar in ‘The Valley’.
Garuva has a really nice atmosphere that lends itself to romantic interludes whilst lounging on firm, yet comfortable floor level couches.

The dining areas in Garuva are separated by cotton curtains.

The dining areas in Garuva are separated by cotton curtains.

The cocktail bar is well stocked. The food is foodgasmic

The cocktail bar is well stocked. The food is foodgasmic

 

 

Just down the road is the Lamborghini shop (where I fell in total lust with something on wheels)…

 

I would. I most definitely would...

I would. I most definitely would…

I mean really, look at this. It is rumbling whilst standing still. It is doing 200km/h and it is sitting in a showroom.

I mean really, look at this. It is rumbling whilst standing still. It is doing 200km/h and it is sitting in a showroom.

I could sit in this all day if I owned it. I'd drive the country in it...with a friend...

I could sit in this all day if I owned it. I’d drive the country in it…with a friend…

So, onward and upward with my photos of Brisbane City.

My first couple of photos are my way of paying respects to ‘Rock n Roll George‘, an iconic character of Brisbane streets from my Mums teen years to mine. George’s 48-215 is now a ‘Vehicle in Residence’ at the museum in the Brisbane Southbank precinct.

Rock n Roll George' 48-215 at the Southbank Museum

Rock n Roll George’ 48-215 at the Southbank Museum

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The old thing still has its skirts.

The old thing still has its skirts.

Outside the entrance to the art gallery is this ‘floating’ piece. Two views of the same piece:

 

Art at Southbank

Art at Southbank

Shapeshifting Art

Shapeshifting Art

The ‘Museum of Brisbane‘ is located on the 3rd floor of the Brisbane City Hall building, arguably the most recognisable building in Queensland.

We caught the last tour of the afternoon and had a nostalgic wander around. I still remember this building as a kid, and the anticipatory excitement of going ‘up the lift’ to the clock and bell tower.

I grabbed the following images. Pop over to the site for more information about this grand old building.

An old photo of City Hall taken from the air

An old photo of City Hall taken from the air

Under the central dome is the main ball and function room. The interior of the dome was refurbished and weather sealed. A multi-thousand unit LED light show was created, whilst retaining some of the original detail:

The Dome lightshow 01

The Dome lightshow 01

The dome lightshow 02

The dome lightshow 02

In the centre of the dome, this beautiful piece of architecture remains

In the centre of the dome, this beautiful piece of architecture remains

The main entrance is home to a marble staircase that incorporates stone from from Italy (the White marble), Black marble from Belgium and Brown marble came from Orange in New South Wales:

 

Mixed marble staircase at Brisbane City Hall

Mixed marble staircase at Brisbane City Hall

The light fittings in the main foyer weigh close to a tonne.

Over a metre wide and almost 2 metres from the ceiling to the tip of the bottom light, these lights are heavy.

Over a metre wide and almost 2 metres from the ceiling to the tip of the bottom light, these lights are heavy.

These lamp fittings are repeated throughout the building

These lamp fittings are repeated throughout the building

The main entrance ceiling has intricate arch work and plaster designs

The main entrance ceiling has intricate arch work and plaster designs

The old Brisbane motto, 'Conjunctis Viribus', 'With United Powers'.

The old Brisbane motto, ‘Conjunctis Viribus’, ‘With United Powers’.

Old glass work in the City Hall building

Old glass work in the City Hall building

In the main foyer, these copper covered sculptures support a series of arches.

In the main foyer, these copper covered sculptures support a series of arches.

In the basement area, the original foundations were exposed during expansions and renovations.

In the basement area, the original foundations were exposed during expansions and renovations.

The City Hall was built on the site of a stable complex known as 'Horse Pond'. The site was reportedly notorious for flooding and waterlogging. This stonework and drain cover were uncovered during basement expansion works and were part of the original stables, constructed during the 1800's.

The City Hall was built on the site of a stable complex known as ‘Horse Pond’. The site was reportedly notorious for flooding and waterlogging. This stonework and drain cover were uncovered during basement expansion works and were part of the original stables, constructed during the 1800’s.

All the timber work has been preserved and is predominantly Queensland Maple.

All the timber work has been preserved and is predominantly Queensland Maple.

 

In a hidden corner, the tower looms through an open breezeway

In a hidden corner, the tower looms through an open breezeway

We wandered all over the city. Here are some of the few images I captured:

First up, I have to give a shout out to ‘Sports Fan‘, a three piece band who were playing in the Queen Street Mall when we were strolling through. You find more information on their Facebook page.

Sports Fan, playing in the City on a Friday afternoon.

Sports Fan, playing in the City on a Friday afternoon.

 

 

The Motto of Queensland, 'Bold But faithful', is carved in the top of this building.

The Motto of Queensland, ‘Bold But faithful’, is carved at the top of this building.

 

Art meets the old Bank of New South Wales building in Brisbane, Australia.

Art meets the old Bank of New South Wales building in Brisbane, Australia.

The Gotham Building, as locals have nick-named it.

The Gotham Building, as locals have nick-named it.

 

I wonder what they are thinking?

I wonder what they are thinking?

On every drain cover in the City

On every drain cover in the City

That was my view of Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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