What a great day.
Melbourne is a vibrant city with a lot to offer the casual observer.
We are staying in the Hilton on the park which is within walking distance of parks and shopping and despite using the local trams we still managed to walk about 10 kms.
I'm still in work mode and I honestly don't have a turn off button but I'm working on it.
Pamela Irving created Larry LaTrobe in 1992 as part of the Percent for Art Program and Swanston Street redevelopment. He is a life-size dingo-like dog who surveys the activity in City Square. Larry was based looselyon Irving’s dog, Lucy, and on her uncle, Larry. She claims that the dog is conic to Australia, and from the moment it was unveiled, Larry LaTrobe became one of Melbourne’s most loved sculptures. Despite being anchored to the site with 30-centimetre bolts, Larry disappeared in August 1995. Council immediately launched a campaign for his return, but to no avail. On hearing of the theft, Larry’s most ardent admirer, Mr Peter Kolliner, who had owned the foundry where he was cast, offered to produce another one. Irving altered the new Larry’s coloring to affect some individuality (he has a redder tinge), but in all other respects he is the same.
Larry was officially welcomed home on 16 September 1996. Melbourne band Jugularity entertained the crowd with an ode to the sculpture, ‘Larry Come Home – a documentary’, sung to the tune of ‘Advance Australia Fair’.
But we opted for a gourmet hamburger and fries.... (as you do) today we hope to find something special at the market.
We spent quite a bit of time visiting Hosier street.
Once forgotten but now very much on the Melbourne cultural map, Hosier Lane is a small cut through between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane, filled with regularly changing graffiti and a series of light boxes that exhibit the work of up and coming contemporary artists.