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Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of Reflections

Vanessa Berry


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PUBLISHED: 1st October 2017
ISBN: 9781925336252
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  • Paperback
    $30.37
PUBLISHED: 1st October 2017
ISBN: 9781925336252

Publisher Description

Through delicately wrought essays and hand-drawn illustrated maps, Mirror Sydney charts an alternative view of the harbour city, to show a place of suburban mysteries, hidden stories, and anachronistic sites. Vanessa Berry, one of Australia's most acute observers of the urban landscape, casts an attentive eye upon overlooked, odd, and seemingly mundane places, tracing their connections and their significance to the city as a whole.

As development shadows every aspect of the city's life, Mirror Sydney documents, in a very personal way, the fast-vanishing traces of the recent past, finding new meaning in minor landmarks and uncelebrated sites. From abandoned amusement parks to mysterious traffic islands; from the railway lost-property office to the elephant buried in Sydney Park; and from the eccentric murals of the Domain's underground walkway to the remnants of the ill-fated monorail, Berry's curious gaze discovers an alternative and eccentric, little-known city.

Berry's writing balances the low-key iconoclasm of the punk and indie music scenes with the philosophical urban investigations of Walter Benjamin and Robert Walser. Her unique style of map illustration was developed through many years making zines and artworks, collaging detailed line drawings with text from typewriters and Letraset.

Read the review by Kim Kirkman in the Westerly magazine

Product Details

Pages
320
Publisher
Giramondo Publishing Co
Year
2017
ISBN-10
1925336255
ISBN-13
9781925336252
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-10-01
Country of Publication
Australia
Author
Vanessa Berry

Product Reviews

12 Jan, 2019
I gave it to my brother for a Christmas present - it is a book he was interested in as he had read an article I believe in the Sydney Morning Herald about it. He is presently reading it and it is everything he was expecting - definitely worth buying.
By Janelle