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Art & About Sydney 2013: 'FIELD' Mirror Installation & Snailovation

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
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A snail hunt then zen out with Field of Mirrors
Look out Sydney, until the 20th October, Hyde Park, corner of Park and Elizabeth Streets section, has you seeing reflections.

Field of Mirrors at Hyde Park

This small pocket of Hyde Park has been transformed by mirror stands that reflect you, the environment around you; in fact it's a bit of a "zen" area. There are 84 mirrors. How do I know? My child had me count them. It is a nice difference to Hyde Park and is not out of place at all. It's attracting quite a crowd and inspiring loads of conversations as people guess why it's here.

Reflection Mirrors every angle is different

What I love about the Field, is whether you are with family and friends, or on your own, you can meditate, stroll, immerse yourself in your own reflection or stroll down the mirror alleys and just zen out. It's by Elizabeth Street, and I must admit, while in the Field of Mirrors I didn't hear the traffic, so the zen effect must be working. The mirrors are solar powered and so I believe they light up at night.

Kids will have so much fun

Cameras are snapping from every angle with people waiting for the sun to move and reflect a new image and shade of light. I loved trying to get my child's reflection continue down the line of mirrors.

Child plus one, two, three

Seeing Sydney's amazing iconic structures like a museum and Hyde Parks glorious nature, in the background of your reflection is priceless. Nature and Sydney takes on a whole new dimension here in Hyde Park.

The children love it, doing figure of 8s in and out of them, just zenning on the ground, some children were even playing hide and seek, though not successfully!

My son trying hide and seek while I was taking this photo

All adults and children left with smiles on their faces, so success for Sydney Art and About, we had a wonderful day. Kids were also splashing in every water fountain available.

Every angle gives a different reflection

Afterwards my son and I went on a Snail Hunt. We found 10 snails. There are 24 in total.

Everyone wants to ride a snail

The yellow snails we found were, 2 in Hyde Park; 1 near the fountain with St Mary's Cathedral behind it, the other at the southern end near the museum.

Yellow snail in Hyde Park

The Australian Museum also has a yellow snail on the wooden boardwalk opposite Cook and Phillip Aquatic Centre.

The Australian Museum

We went to St Mary's Cathedral - you cant's take photos inside, but regardless if you are Catholic or not, this is a beautiful cathedral with many alters and beautiful stain glassed windows.

I was saddened to see St Mary's has security inside and a lot of the areas around the alters are roped off, such a shame, however so much to see inside and it will leave you breathless with its beauty.

St Mary's Cathedral

We then headed to Hyde Park Barracks and found 2 more yellow snails, onto Martin Place, by now we had everyone around us was looking for snails.

Hyde Park Barracks

More and more people began joining us on our snail hunt and by the time we reached Martin Place, we had 10 followers, all eager to find the first snail in Martin Place.

Dual yellow snails with Sydney Eye Hospital in background at Martin Place

The Arts and About Festival, basically wants us to reflect on our daily actions. Are we happy with our reflection, are we happy with our environment. Obviously with the snails, that are huge, we are reflecting on recycling as these snails are plastic and will be recycled after the festival.

Dual blue snails at Martin Place

Not only in Martin Place are 2 yellow snails at the top end, but just after Channel 7 is a beautiful little garden with a fantastic idea of recycling - a bicycle against the fence with herbs and garden surrounding the bike. I know what I'm doing with my next bike I find.

Can see this being the next gardening craze at Martin Place

Heading towards Martin Place, George Street end, we found 2 blue snails, and 1 more next to QVB at Town Hall which is orange.

Orange snail at QVB

We had now been out for 5 hours, so sorry to the rest of the snails that my son didn't climb, you will have to wait for another day.

Truly magical and yes, Sydney got me thinking about its message and subconsciously they succeed. Well done Art and About, what a superb idea and well executed.

Locations for the snails are: Customs House Square, Martin Place, Museum of Sydney Forecourt, State Library of NSW Forecourt, Queens Square, Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall, The Star, World Square
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Why? Recycling, environment and zen time
When: 20th September till 20th October 2013
Where: Various locations - Customs House Square, Martin Place, Museum of Sydney Forecourt, State Library of NSW Forecourt, Queens Square, Hyde Park, Pitt Street Mall, The Star, World Square
Cost: Free
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