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Monday, August 18, 2014

BRISBANE'S STAIRS TO HEAVEN


When we visit TOH's specialist we walk from Central Station up the steep hill to the Wickham Terrace, Brisbane's street of specialist doctors.  There are stairs connecting Edward St. to Wickham Tce. They are called Jacobs Stairs, which is a biblical reference to Jacob's stairs which connected heaven to earth. When you look up the stairs only the steps are visible but when yo look down the stairs only the landings are visible.
Research tells me that the stairs were renovated in 2009 and painted red except the landings were painted different colours and at night there was a light show projected onto the landings.
However, my shot shows the landings are red too. I don't know what happened to the rainbow colours.
Did you notice some unusual sculptures at the foot of the stairs? I'll show you more closely below.

photo from the state Library of Queensland. 
In 1915 there was a path way leading from the shopping area up to Wickham Tce where well to do people lived looking over the city. In 1920 stairs were made. They were renovated in 1947, 1961 and 2009.
Next to the stairs is King Edward Park. It all looks a bit different today but a nice place to relax and wait for doctors appointments.

At the bottom of the stairs are four sculptures. I always thought that they looked like something out of 'Starwars' but I was wrong.

They are called 'Form del Mito' or 'Forms of Myth' made by Italian artist Amaldo Pomodora in 1983 for the world Expo held here in 1988.

 It was hard to fit all four pieces into the phone camera lens. The four pieces represent the characters from the Greek tragedy 'Agamemnon.' The pyramid is Agamemnon - power.

The round one is Clytemnestra - ambition.

The tall rectangular one at the back is Aegisthus - machine and the short one on the left is Cassandra - prophecy. Well it fooled me I still think they look like 'Starwars' characters.

20 comments:

  1. aaah, I'd love to walk those streets again. Yes the structures are certainly Starwar like!

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  2. Wow, those steps look like a real workout.. The sculptures are neat. I see one that definitely looks like Star Wars.. Have a happy day!

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  3. And that's a Darleck from Dr Who!
    I love the old photo of the stairs next to the modern day shot- you're in exactly the same spot! Hope Dad's appointments were okay.
    Hugs
    Carol xxx

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  4. By the time you walk those stairs Diane, you would need a specialist, ha ha. That sculpture in the last photo, at the bottom right, looks like a giant street sweeper to me, they certainly have a star wars feel about them.

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  5. Nice you gave some explanations at the artwork.I shouldn't have known what it meant to be. The origin of the stairs is clear, to give the wealthy people a view over the city, fun.

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  6. When I saw your title I thought aren't they called Jacob's stairs then I read you explanation. I would not want to walk up them even though they are now that pretty red.

    I thought Star Wars too. Doesn't seem quite the right imagery for that ancient tale.

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  7. Ha ha I thought Dr Who had landed. Makes for a it of interest I guess. Love the picture of old Brisbane, sad things have to change it was so pretty then. For all that we did love Brisbane when we were there :-) Have a good week t'other Diane

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  8. they look like star wars to me to.. i like the view up the stairs better than down the stairs. i hope there is another way to get from one place to the other because 3 or 4 steps is all i can do.. never make it up or down those, but they are beautiful

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  9. Very interesting Diane. Good to see the old photo against the new one to show how things have changed.
    Look like Star wars things to me.

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  10. i'm with you - star wars. :) really neat stairway, though, especially with stairs vs. landings being visible. :)

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  11. I’m so glad you explained the sculptures as I wouldn’t have had a clue. That’s interesting about the stairs though and it’s nice to see the old postcard depicting them.

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  12. Well, I never would have guessed those sculptures were Agamemnon and Clytemnestra!
    I like the red stairs and I like the view from the top of Brisbane in the old sketch. If you can make it to the top, maybe you don't need a doctor visit!

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  13. So many stairs and I like that they are red, there are so many nice things around if only we take the time to stop and look at them that old photo is really nice but I do like old photos

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  14. Interesting stairs and sculptures, yep Star Wars :} Enjoyed your photos and also the old one.

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  15. I think the sculptures would fit right in to Star Wars. Thanks for sharing this stairway to heaven with us.

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  16. Interesting sculptures, Diane. I wouldn't think of them as being "Forms of Myth" either --but they are really unique....So they stand for power, ambition, machine and prophecy... Reminds me of the Gifts of the Spirit in the Bible....

    Love those Stairs.... I like the name, Stairs to Heaven!!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. I'm always intrigued by steps and these are so interestingly formed. I like the different looks from top and bottom. I'm with you on Star Wars!

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  18. An amazing set of stairs and I like that they made them red! I agree with you on the Star Wars theme for the sculptures - LOL

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  19. The pyramid one looks like a Dalek from Dr. Who :) J'adore the vintage shot before the stairs were built Diane, isn't it brilliant. We have stairs here that go from the top of Kings Park down to street level that are called Jacob's Ladder, must climb them one day! Hope TOH's specialist visit went well.

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  20. Gorgeous place, stairs and all... I do rather hope that no heart patient has to walk up all those stairs to visit his/her specialist.

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