From Mrs Macquarie's Chair | Skillshare Projects

From Mrs Macquarie's Chair

In 1810, Governor Macquarie had a sandstone rock cut into the shape of a bench for his wife, Elizabeth. This sandstone bench provides one of the best vantage points of Sydney, with the Opera House on the left, and the Harbour Bridge to the right. At sunset, the view from this bench is absolutely breathtaking.

When I first started out on this project, I did not really have a clear idea of what I had wanted to do. I have just moved to Sydney some four months ago, and was still in the process of settling down. This period of settling down had proved to be challenging, but it was my dream to move to this beautiful city and I was determined to make it work for me. I have the great fortune of crossing the harbour bridge and seeing the opera house daily on the way to work, and in the midst of some very testing times, I have found great solace in this view, and what being in this beautiful city stood for.

After playing around with some triangle shapes, I got inspired to tweak them- skew, distort, and warp them, to look like the sails of the Opera House. I then found a photograph taken during one of my past visits to Sydney three years ago and decided to use this as the basis of my project. 


This photograph was taken from Mrs Macquarie's Chair, which is a popular tourist spot located in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney.

And this is how my finished assignment looks like:


I hope you enjoy my project as much as I have in putting it together.

Thanks for looking! x



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