Melbourne’s weather is notorious. The best advice you can give someone is to be prepared for all four seasons in the one day. It’s warm and the sun may be shining but an hour later, it’s all changed. The weather has turned and it is now cold and wet but don’t worry, the sun may be back in a couple of hours.
There had been a light drizzle when I started walking along Southbank from the Exhibition Centre to the Arts Centre, but this didn’t last long. It left a fresh and sparkling glow to the city. The film of water covering the ground reflected the bare leaved trees.
Clouds were slowly moving over the city on the other side of the river….
……but every now and again the sun shone through long enough to brighten the arch of the footbridge.
I passed a row of Melbourne hire bikes colourfully placed next to the yellow foot bridge leading across the river.
……and headed to the Arts Centre which was crowned by vivid blue skies. I could have been in a different country!
I’d come to see the giant bouquet of pink gladioli that had been presented to Melbournians by the government as a way of thanking everyone for their patience whilst Hamer Hall, their concert hall, was rebuilt. Aptly it was presented by Barry Humphries, better known as Dame Edna, the Queen of gladiolis, whose show was having it’s last performance in Melbourne. The bouquet, standing 13.5 meters tall was only here for a week , but everyone was enjoying it so much that it is likely to be back for a repeat performance.
Then the heavens opened!
Do you have a fun sculpture in your city?