“Life Along the Riverbank in Parramatta” Podcast

A little Australian podcast/acoustiguide series from 2009.

Listen to the podcasts and learn about the town of Parramatta here

 The acoustiguide provides aural lessons via stories, music, and ambient sounds, while the website gives pictures of each sculpture.  The first sculpture Storywalls made me think of Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans memorial with its names and black coloring.  In the Backyard of Harrisford has no sculpture or any form of design (in the purest sense) for it only has trees and tiny plants.  Reading the context behind this, I found it appropriate and tasteful.  Sentry Box, however, stands out with its cheerful red and white color scheme, a complete contrast to the somber memorials found there.  Honestly, given the grim historical background behind this piece of public art, the colors seems out-of-place.  In my opinion, the artists should have used brighter colors on Windmill Shadow, a ground design that has subdued monochromatic pattern.   After all, this work does commemorate a building originally used to make food.

If you have an hour of free time, it would not hurt to listen to these podcasts and look at the sculpture series.


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