Icons of Sydney
When it was completed in 1962, the AMP Building at Circular Quay was the tallest building in the country - Australia's first skyscraper!
I worked here a long time ago and loved walking through the building in the mornings before the gallery had opened for the day. It was such a privilege to have the whole place to myself each day - if only for a few moments! I still love spending time here and am always inspired by the works on display.
I remember going inside this building in the 70s when I was a kid and being completely awestruck. It was the tallest building in Sydney at the time and had a revolving restaurant! It's not the tallest anymore, but the top floor bar and restaurant still revolves!
A grand, Georgian presence on Alfred Street at Circular Quay.
Built by convicts in the mid-1800s, the Hero of Waterloo in Millers Point is a well-known Sydney landmark - complete with resident, piano-playing ghost!
It's always exciting to see the famous face all lit up at night!
This beautiful art deco building once housed the Maritime Services Board. These days it is part of Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. The majestic façade faces the harbour at the western end of Circular Quay.
This five-storey modern addition to the MCA opened in 2012. Together with the original art deco building, the gallery makes an eye-popping statement on the harbourside.
I love this shiny, blue building with its sweeping curve. Designed for QANTAS, this building has been an icon of Sydney since its completion in the late 50s.
The spectacular QVB takes up an entire city block - seen here from the south end at Druitt Street.
Sydneysiders have watched the tiny neon golfer consistently hit a perfect hole-in-one since the mid-1960s. The building is currently being redeveloped and the neon sign is in museum storage!
This 70s, brutalist-style apartment block is a Sydney icon and loved by many. Currently earmarked for demolition - there is a campaign by locals to save it. Watch this space!
The grand entrance to the Mitchell Wing of the State Library - on the corner of Shakespeare Place and Macquarie Street. I've always loved this portico with it's big brass doors.
Opened in 1926, this was Australia's first underground train station. The fabulous neon sign advertising Chateau Tanunda Brandy was added in the 30s.
I love this iconic view of Sydney Harbour. From the Opera House to the Harbour Bridge, no matter what the weather, this cityscape is always spectacular. If you would like to purchase this print, please click on the link below.
I couldn't draw Icons of Sydney without including our famous Opera House. Even after years of living in Sydney, I'm still always completely awestruck by this place whenever I go there.
Not my usual style - but when I experimented with removing all the black lines, it made the Opera House look like it was shining in the sun! I like it! Both versions of this illustration are available on my Icons of Sydney shop page.
With its famous steps where people have been meeting for decades, Sydney's grand, sandstone Town Hall is the community hub of the city.
Opened in 1916, the entrance to Taronga Zoo in Mosman has loads of interesting Edwardian details!