Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Silver Lining

Up There With The Best

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Last week, just a couple of nights before Christmas, we walked into the GPO and were confronted with an unusual sight. There was a two-man team inflating silver balloons of different shapes and sizes. Each multi-balloon shape was distinct from the other, much in the manner of glistening silver snowflakes.

I asked if there was a specific corporate connection to the designs, but the two men just shook their heads and said they will inflating them (with helium, I suspect) to form huge Christmas decorations against the soaring GPO ceiling.

The ceiling of the historic building would probably be the height of a modern five-storey building or higher.

It was dark outside and I took two shots before I noticed this one in the left-hand corner of the GPO, where it had drifted away from the others. In the late-evening setting, it looked for all the world like one of a set of gigantic, regal chandeliers.


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26 comments:

Hilary said...

You happen upon the most interesting photos in the making.

Lee said...

How wonderfully festive! I love the way the season continues through these decorations and other bright reminders. Thank you, David.

Cheers!

Charles Gramlich said...

Beautiful, It looked like some kind of mushed in Bee hive at first. Bizarre.

® ♫ The Brit ♪ ® said...

Wonderful photos, as always, David!
and these are very unusual decorations, very different, almost space-age!

Daryl said...

Fun way to festive up a building ..

word: sunbast

Epijunky said...

Beautiful shots, David. I love how they look in the second picture. So festive!

Daisy said...

Love it - so festive and unusual. What a wonderful building too- fantastic proportions. Lucky you spending the festive season in such style!

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

How cool!!!!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Wow, I did not know what they were, until I read your post. Very cool! Love the color!

babooshka said...

Very ornate, weird and wonderful decorations you just wandered across. Never miss an opportunity.

ewok1993 said...

They were balloons? They look like the real thing.

Happy new year.

squawmama said...

Wow that was gorgeous... I really bet that was breathtaking to see in person... Have a good one David...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Sylvia K said...

You do find the most amazing and intriging subjects for your great photos! I'm so glad you share them with us! Have a Happy New Year!!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The snowflakes must be HUGE!

imac said...

What a way to send your Christmas cards David -- up up and away.lol.

Maggie May said...

That is quite impressive.(Last photo)
Wondered what it was at first! (First one!)

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Gosh, how interesting! Very artistic indeed....

Happy New Year, David!

~Michele~
Mountain Retreat-Canada

Arija said...

David, that was well spotted. The Melb. GPO is a wonderful building. What a pity the magnificent old hotels on Burke St. have given way to glass office cabinets.
To you and your family, a very Happy New Year!

Sara G said...

WOW, those are great photo's. What a great imagination!!
Thanks for sharing.
Wishing you a Safe & Happy New Year!!
Take care

fishing guy said...

David: That did end up a beautiful decoration for the openess of the area.

CrazyCath said...

I have never seen so many golden balloons! Beautiful.

alicesg said...

Very interesting decoration. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Mega said...

Wow, that is a great shot. Sometimes I like looking at your pictures, reading the descriptions, and then when I come back they're even better.

Bear Naked said...

In your first photo can you see a teddy bear image in the last balloon at the bottom?
I can.

Bear((( )))

Baino said...

The beauty of these is that they look gold not silver. What a great idea? I love that old GPO Building, a friend took me in there last November mainly to hide from one of Melbourne's hottest spring days but I spent ages looking at the interior. Beautiful as usual. Now I'd love to see you post some of your shitty shots! It would make me feel a whole lot better!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Those are such beautiful decorations and interesting architect
Happy New Year