Inside the Collection

The Dreaming Towers- UTS Towers

March 30, 2010

Charles Pickett
Source There’s been some publicity lately for a proposal to transform the UTS Tower on Broadway.  The idea is that the building could be clad with a lightweight mesh skin which would collect rain water, generate solar electricity and cool the tower, saving energy.

It’s our 1st birthday! Join our competition and win!

March 29, 2010

Erika Taylor
Happy Birthday to us! I can't believe it has been a year since we started the first Powerhouse Museum collections blog. To celebrate 'Object of the Week's' first birthday, and reward our loyal readers, we thought we'd do something a little bit special.

Cycling around Australia

March 25, 2010

Margaret Simpson
Australia is an incredibly large country. It’s only when you drive out of the cities and clock up some country miles that you can begin to appreciate its vastness. Or better still in a jet hurtling along at over 800 kph to see it still takes about 6 hours to cross.

The Powerhouse Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace Day

March 23, 2010

Matthew Connell
We are delighted to be participating in Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging on 24 March 2010 to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, is an intriguing figure.

Alice in Wonderland

March 22, 2010

Glynis Jones
I recently saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie and Alice’s blue dress brought to mind a dress in the collection created by Japanese designer Jun Takahashi for his Spring-Summer 2005 collection.

Barangaroo and Darling Harbour

March 19, 2010

Charles Pickett
The current debate over the Barangaroo development recalls similar controversies during the 1980s, when the Darling Harbour precinct was being redeveloped. At one stage during the creation of Darling Harbour NSW premier Neville Wran, the main driver of the project, observed sarcastically that ‘we are going to hold a number of competitions for sculpture and civic works and it may well be appropriate that one subject be a white elephant surrounded by knockers rampant’.Both projects are among the numerous port areas recycled into new urban precincts.

See You Round Like a Monopoly Board!

March 17, 2010

Erika Taylor
The makers of the popular and long-lived board game Monopoly have recently introduced a round Monopoly game and are doing away with the old rectangular board to which we are so accustomed. I bet the the original owners of the 1950's Monopoly board, pictured above, didn't think it would one day go coin-shaped!

Pearls: Streetwear to Stilettos

March 15, 2010

Rebecca Evans
I’ve been doing a bit of research lately on this fabulous dress by Karen Walker and it’s got me thinking about pearls. From this printed graphic to the decorative they are continually referenced in fashion.

Dale Chihuly: genius of glass

March 12, 2010

Melanie Pitkin
Q: Which city in the world do you think produces more glass blowers and sells more blown glass in shops than anywhere else in the world? A: Seattle, USA. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not Murano in Venice, and this may have something to do with the fact that Seattle is home to the glass blowing studio of one of the most internationally renowned glass artists and his team of almost 100 craftsmen - Dale Chihuly.

Leeches, honey, tamarinds

March 10, 2010

Debbie Rudder
In the basement recently three highly decorated jars caught my eye – and transported me to a nineteenth century pharmacy. I imagined dozens of beautiful bottles arrayed on shelves, labelled with arcane text – and these three apothecary's specie jars taking pride of place on the counter, ready for the pharmacist to dip in and dole out their contents.

Conservator’s Corner- Creating simple wigs for display

March 8, 2010

Erika Taylor
Ever since the Powerhouse Museum opened in 1988, curator, Lindie Ward and textile conservator, Suzanne Chee have been making simple paper wigs for the museum’s mannequins. The wigs they have created are mimimal and they enhance rather than detract from the dress on display.

Baby capsule – 1980s Australian product design pt1

March 5, 2010

Angelique Hutchison
Visiting The 80s Are Back exhibition I wondered: if I had to pick the best in Australian product design from the 1980s, what would it be? A Sunbeam kettle or the décor wine cask cooler? The Stackhat or a Caroma toilet?