Mirror Sydney: An Atlas of ReflectionsBook - 2017
Throughdelicately wrought essays and hand-drawn illustrated maps, Mirror Sydney chartsan alternative view of the harbour city, to show a place of suburban mysteries,hidden stories, and anachronistic sites. Vanessa Berry, one of Australia's mostacute observers of the urban landscape, casts an attentive eye upon overlooked,odd, and seemingly mundane places, tracing their connections and theirsignificance to the city as a whole.
As developmentshadows every aspect of the city's life, Mirror Sydney documents, in avery personal way, the fast-vanishing traces of the recent past, finding newmeaning in minor landmarks and uncelebrated sites. From abandoned amusementparks to mysterious traffic islands; from the railway lost-property office tothe elephant buried in Sydney Park; and from the eccentric murals of theDomain's underground walkway to the remnants of the ill-fated monorail, Berry'scurious gaze discovers an alternative and eccentric, little-known city.
Berry's writingbalances the low-key iconoclasm of the punk and indie music scenes with the philosophicalurban investigations of Walter Benjamin and Robert Walser. Her unique style of mapillustration was developed through many years making zines and artworks, collagingdetailed line drawings with text from typewriters and Letraset.