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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & Owner
Ray Rasmussen, General Editor

Volume 11, Number 4, December 2017
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Jonathan McKeown
Sydney NSW, Australia


The Street View Gallery

… And all things were her sleep.
                                       – Rilke

I don’t know how many times I drove past before I saw what it was. I mean I saw it, of course – and liked it too somehow. It drew me with its shades of beige and grey, its white and black – its subtle hints of green – its details, lines, and use of clean space that blends so seamlessly back again into the bland beige wall – the other side of which someone may well be making coffee, watching TV, or sleeping. But for ages I couldn’t quite make it out. The bottlebrush growing in front didn’t help – or helped, I should say, by being in the way: piquing my curiosity. Nor did the fact that it’s right on the corner of a busy roundabout – near the railway line at the end of Liberty street. Trying to keep an eye on the road and all the traffic you’d be lucky to snatch one oblique glimpse – when you exit onto Kingston. And besides the challenging placement of the exhibit the artist’s perspective is also … I don’t know … unconventional – unexpected. Even when I showed my wife on Google Maps it took her a while … I’m not sure if it has a given title: I would call it, maybe, Sweet Dreams (there’s the hint of a smile) … or Sleeping Beauty … even better …

briar rose
waking up from the dream
within a dream


Notes:

Epigraph from Sonnets to Orpheus, I, 2.

Google Maps image of Liberty Street. If you look closely, you'll be able to see her.

 

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