Tuesday, November 24, 2015

In Sydney's formerly
blighted Chippendale district, an unusual sound installation is telling the
story of the neighborhood's past—from inside a hotel bar.
Just off the Old
Clare Hotel's colorful lobby, tucked inside a repurposed ATM booth, is a
telephone that recites poems when you pick up the receiver.
There are ten poems in all, played on a loop, and inspired by the history of
the building (the site was a brewery in the 1800s) and its surroundings.
To
find the telephone, look for the ATM sign, enter a small tiled booth, lift the
handle, and begin receiving messages from the past.
The bar opens every day at 9 a.m.
(gotta love that Aussie ambition)—so, as
one hotel staffer tells us, "there's always someone to talk to."
Chris Court
As for the lady behind the rhymes, artist Corinne Felgate was specially
commissioned for the installation, which she dubbed the "Ode Blower," and
which uses various Australian voices to recite the poems.
Be sure to order a cocktail while you're there, too: the bar is run by
Matt Fairhurst, former manager at London's award-winning Callooh
Callay.
Drinks like the Salt and Batter-Y (butter and bacon-washed rye with
doughnut-flavored syrup and coffee bitters) have been featured on the menu,
which changes every Tuesday; a similar menu is also offered at the hotel's
rooftop pool bar, which opened last week.
In Sydney's formerly blighted Chippendale district, an
unusual sound installation is telling the story of the neighborhood's
past—from inside a hotel bar.
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