Category Archives: Sport

The art of skating-David Griggs

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2003/221/1 Skateboard , with prototype graphic, "skateboarding saved my life", mixed materials, artwork by David Griggs / skateboard by Riot Skateboards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2003

Skateboard , with prototype graphic, “skateboarding saved my life”, mixed materials, artwork by David Griggs / skateboard by Riot Skateboards, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 2003. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Artist David Griggs reaches into the elements of popular and street culture, horror movies and the street sport of skate boarding. His art sources its inspiration from contemporary images and materials. David Griggs’art has had growing recognition since 1994 and he won the Archibald prize in 2013 for his portrait of TV Moore.
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Bowled over-the changing world of lawn bowls

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2005/170/1-2 Photographic print, Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, paper, photographed by Max Dupain for Max Dupain and Associates, New South Wales, Australia, 1961

Photographic print, Junee Ex-Services Memorial Club, paper, photographed by Max Dupain for Max Dupain and Associates, New South Wales, Australia, 1961.  Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Lawn bowls is one of Australia’s most popular sports, It has seen several transformations in its history. Beginning as an occasional public house sport, it was a leisure activity for the male elite in the nineteenth century, then a mass sport for men and women after the Second World War and now appeals to a much younger age group.
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The undies that almost stopped an Antarctic expedition

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Underpants  worn by James Castrission and Justin Jones during the Crossing the Ice Antarctic expedition. Image courtesy of James Castrission and Justin Jones.

Underpants worn by James Castrission and Justin Jones during the Crossing the Ice Antarctic expedition. Image courtesy of James Castrission and Justin Jones.

These two pairs of undies are part of a large collection of equipment and personal items used by Antarctic adventurers James Castrission (Cas) and Justin Jones (Jonsey) on their ‘Crossing the Ice’ Antarctic expedition to the South Pole, 2011-2012.

You may rightly notice that the pair on the left does not look like your average pair of underpants and it would not be remiss of you to ask what the unusual thing attached to them could possibly be…
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The Nota Fang – an Australian-made sports car

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Nota Type IV 'Fang' sports racing car, chassis No. 224/71, made by Chris Buckingham, Nota Engineering, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1971. Powerhouse Museum collection 90/557.

Nota Type IV ‘Fang’ sports racing car, chassis No. 224/71, made by Chris Buckingham, Nota Engineering, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia, 1971. Powerhouse Museum collection 90/557.

This Australian-designed and built sports racing car is the prototype for the Nota Type IV ‘Fang’ in the RT (Road Track) Series. It was manufactured in 1971 by a small Sydney-based automobile manufacturer, Nota Engineering, of 40 Smith Street, Parramatta, probably the oldest specialist manufacturer of sports cars in Australia.
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Casinos and stadiums: Philip Cox

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Model, Aquatic Centre for the Asian Games, Bangkok, Philip Cox/Cox Architects, 1995. Powerhouse Museum collection.

The architect Philip Cox recently told us what we already knew:  Star casino in Pyrmont is by far his worst building. Needless to say a Star flack was immediately reassuring the media that almost none of Cox’s 1997 design had survived the casino’s recent renovations. Whether the casino genre is a likely inspiration for good architecture need not concern us here – for his part Cox declared casinos a toxic genre and wished he’d never designed one.
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Whispering in the basement- Mannequins in museums

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Mannequins waiting to be dressed for ‘The 80s are back’ exhibition.  Image Powerhouse Museum

This image above is from a series by Museum photographer, Geoff Friend capturing the secret world of mannequins. Sometimes when venturing into the basement or workshop areas, particularly late in the afternoon I feel I have interrupted murmurings between mannequins. Continue reading

Esther Williams- Neptune’s other daughter

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95/298/1 Film costume, swimsuit, women's, satin / nylon / sequins, worn by Esther Williams or Edith Motridge as Annette Kellerman in 'Million Dollar Mermaid', designed by Helen Rose, made by MGM Studios, USA, 1951-1952. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

95/298/1 Film costume, swimsuit, women’s, satin / nylon / sequins, worn by Esther Williams or Edith Motridge as Annette Kellerman in ‘Million Dollar Mermaid’, designed by Helen Rose, made by MGM Studios, USA, 1951-1952. Collection: Powerhouse Museum

Despite being a huge star for MGM in the 1940s and 50s, Esther Williams’ most famous connection to Australia is arguably her role in the film Million Dollar Mermaid where she portrayed the early life of Annette Kellerman.

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Blundstone tapboots

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Powerhouse Museum Collection, object 2001/84/108-5. Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection. Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001.

Powerhouse Museum Collection, object 2001/84/108-5. Part of the Sydney 2000 Games Collection. Gift of the New South Wales Government, 2001.

These boots were made for dancing. They are Blundstone work boots modified for tap dancing in the Sydney Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Entering into the quirky, innovative spirit of Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention, I selected them for display alongside the staid historic Wellington boots that came from Britain with the exhibition.

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The penny farthing bicycle

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Powerhouse Museum Collection, object no H5157. Gift of Mr P H Bullock, 1951.

Our small (but beautiful) bicycle display has proved so popular that its run has been extended to 5 November 2012. Not surprisingly, the bicycle that attracts the most attention is the penny farthing. It’s majestic, it looks a real challenge to ride, and it was a radical design in its day. Those are all excellent reasons to focus on it during NSW Bicycle Week (15-23 September).

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2001/84/314 Coolamon, wood/acrylic paint, crafted by Gavin Flick and Jai Rose, painted by Jade Rose, used at medal presentation ceremonies, Paralympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Indigenous art as part of the Paralympic Games in Sydney

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2001/84/314 Coolamon, wood/acrylic paint, crafted by Gavin Flick and Jai Rose, painted by Alanna Rose, used at medal presentation ceremonies, Paralympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Coolamon, wood/acrylic paint, crafted by Gavin Flick and Jai Rose, painted by Alanna Rose, used at medal presentation ceremonies, Paralympic Games, Sydney, 2000

Indigenous artist, Gavin Flick, his son, Jai Rose,and wife Alanna Rose, created traditional Aboriginal coolamons for the medal presentation ceremonies at the Sydney Paralympic Games.

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