Monday, October 17, 2011

Sitzkrieg

  1. A stalemate
  2. Warfare marked by a lack of aggression or progress.
  3. inaction, doing little or nothing
  4. phoney war

    Etymology

Coined on the model of blitzkrieg : German Sitz, act of sitting; see sitz bath + German Krieg, war; see blitzkrieg.

 For almost a year there has been an eerie paralysis at Barangaroo. After the last wharf was demolished, the excavators went home.
Nothing much has been happening. Just waiting.
Waiting for court challenges to be resolved, waiting for a change of government, waiting for a "short, sharp" review of the project.
Now the phoney war is over.
The calm before the storm has ended. 
The demolition has finished. Barangaroo has begun.
LendLease has started deep excavation at the southern end.The excavators have reawakened from their hibernation, and the first crane has arrived.
At the northern end, a ziggurat of sandstone blocks has appeared. Sheets of black plastic cover the holes in the ground from where they have been extracted.  The quantity of high quality yellowblock here could refurbish every heritage sandstone building from Macquarie Street to Sydney University, but that won't be its fate. It is doomed to become the Barangaroo Headland Park. Quarrying beautiful yellowblock sandstone, only to cover it with grass or throw it in the water - it's a crying shame.
North Barangaroo Headland Park from my studio in the loft at Moore's Wharf
Painting of "North Barangaroo Headland Park from my studio in the loft at Moore's Wharf "31 x 61cm oil on canvas 2011
"The North Barangaroo Headland Park painted  from my studio in the loft at Moore's Wharf "31 x 61cm oil on canvas 2011
And the sinister blue border line wiggles ever closer to Moore's Wharf, home of Sydney Ports Corporation's Emergency Response Tugs.
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