|Passenger ship dwarfs ferry on Sydney harbour|
It is a short ride from there to Cockatoo Island, formerly a convict prison, then a shipyard, and now hosting part of the Sydney Biennale artworks.
|Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour|
|Wicked, 2013 by Christine Streuli|
The works I liked most were by European artists.
Christine Streuli had taken over the mess hall and as I wandered past her work, Wicked 2013 looking at the tattoo/graffiti inspired works that were partly painted on canvas and partly on the wall I started to wonder where her work began and ended.
|Canvas and wall|
|Still life on the window panes, partly on canvas|
I looked closely at the peeling paint on the lower wall, mindful not to touch anything, obeying the 'do not touch the artwork' notice in the middle of the room. I really could not tell where the art work began, so I asked the attendant seated by the door.
"Oh" she said, "I don't usually tell people when they walk in, but the whole thing is the art work. Have a look behind the wall - she has mirrored it exactly."
Streuli had had a false wall built into the room a meter from the original and the images on the wall reproduced those on the actual walls behind them, with the addition of the various art images.
It was very clever and made me smile.
The other work I thought outstanding was an installation in one of the giant shipyard buildings. It was called The Village, by Danish artists Randi and Katrina (Randi Joergenson and Katrina Malinovsky).
|House with a face|
The houses looked so cute and so welcoming but all the doors were fake, even that into the church. There as no access into this charming world. As the program notes say, 'This is particularly and unfortunately apt as we witness the perilous situation of those who seek asylum.'
|Under the harbour bridge|
|Sydney Opera House from the Ferry|
|Waiting for the Ferry to Cockatoo Island|