Welcome to Dodgy Detours

September 2019

Glad you found your way to our site!

Dodgy Detours has bespoke walks in both Sydney and Bangkok although not simultaneously. Right now we are walking in Bangkok so please go to that page if you are considering a walk in the City of Angels.

Note: Sydney walks will resume in June 2020.

You will notice that our walks generally take you off the usual tourist trails and we focus on street art, architecture, history and well, just about anything that takes our fancy – including coffee.

We are busy fine-tuning walks in September so there are not many guided walks. Expect a lot more activity in the coming months.

Here are same images that might give you an idea of what to expect.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dodgy Detours: Sydney Walk #2 – 8th September 2018

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An Opera House view (Walk 1)

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Photograph by Greg Pitty 2018
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Dodgy Walk 2 – Marrickville 11th August

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Walk 1

Welcome to Walk 1!

This walk is Dodgy’s personal favourite because it is all about Sydney. On this walk we will talk about all manner of things. Bring your curiosity to this one. Here are some highlights:

  • Get up close and personal with six works of one of Sydney’s most famous (and controversial) modernist architects, Harry Seidler (1923 – 2006)
  • Hear the story and see the gentle memorial to those who lost their life in the Ghost Train fire (June 9th, 1979)
  • See the whimsical sculptures of famous Australian cartoon characters along the foreshore of Lavender Bay
  • Take in the view that inspired one of Australia’s most famous artists – Brett Whitely
  • Walk the Bridge for one of the most beautiful harbour views in the solar system
  • See a mighty fine example of Sydney’s brutalist architecture – but be quick, we might be losing it!
  • See a magnificent work of street art by famous Portuguese urban artist VHILS in honour of Jack Mundey (b. 1929)
  • Explore the public art Seidler not only commissioned but from which he drew inspiration
  • See additional street art by Shepard Fairey, Mulga and ELK
  • Explore a lane-way and discover the birdsong that used to be heard in Sydney
  • Revel in the concrete beauty of both the MLC Building and Australia Square

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  • See the beautiful tile work of Lin Utzon (daughter of Jorn)
  • Walk in and around the recently completed EY Building and notice both its homage and challenge to Harry Seidler

 

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Walk 2

Welcome to Walk 2!

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      We are in Dodgy’s backyard for this one. What street art we see one day might not be there the next so it is an ever-changing streetscape. The walk is all about urban art and we will see works by some of the following:

Mulga, Ladson Pollack, Skulk, Exit, Birdhat, Grizzle, Fintan Magee, Hugue Sineux,

Lotte Alexis, Sophie Odling, Bradley Hawkins, theinfamousdogfight, YT, CRISP, Zap,

Lister, Robson, Scott Marsh, Phibs, Peque, Sid Tapia, SMC3, and Reubszz among others.

      This walk will take us down laneways, between factories, past brothels and boutiques, and along inner-west suburban streets. Not only that, we can visit two different breweries if the mood takes us.

      The walk begins at Marrickville Station and we take a look at some nearby art including the iconic New York style mural on the bridge which is nearly 20 years old.

      From here we head north along Illawarra Road passing the out-of-towners’ favourite small coffee bar/restaurant Cornersmith. Opposite is Titus Jones, a small bar. Lots of street life with people enjoying outdoor eating.

            At Marrickville Road we can go left for a bit then swing back to walk east toward Sydenham on the far side of the road. It’s all here: belly dancing classes, pawn shops, Vietnamese-Australian run shops selling everything from banh mi, seafood, meat and assorted groceries.  Tucked amidst these shops is a long-standing Greek restaurant. Vixens beckons as we head back towards Illawarra Road.

      From Illawarra Road the shops crowd both sides of the road for about 300 metres. Take some time to check out the second hand stores; the quirky bookshop; the music memorabila shop; the yoga studios; the coffee shops, restaurants and if timely, Where’s Nick and Gasoline Pony, two small bars.

      More and more young entrepreneurs are setting up shop along this stretch. The newly established Hypmotive Hub is one example. A kind of retail hybrid enterprise for the artist, crafter, and designer. Plans soon to include a coffee shop / small bar. Note the work by Exit above the shop.

      Once we reach the end of the shops we swing south and walk past factories to a major commissioned work by Skulk. We will head back to Marrickville Road down a back alley where we will see some early work by both Skulk and Birdhat. One piece by an unknown (to me) artist that has been left untouched for over two years is special.

      It’s back across Marrickville Road where we will see a commercial piece by Grizzle and then we head down Victoria Lane. Lots to see along this stretch including a classic collaboration between CRISP and YT. Next we head along Victoria Road where there are some special works by SMC3, Peque and Sid Tapia. We then head east again and make our way to a reclaimed industrial area for some large scale works.

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       Along some narrow lanes we emerge again onto Sydenham Road where we can see some large works by Fintan Magee, Zap and Hugue Sineux.

      We will then cross the railway at Sydenham and make our way east again. We will see a couple of pieces before heading south to explore a largely untravelled section of the inner-west. Some interesting wild style works here. Some will disappear shortly due to development. We will also pass another micro-brewery.

      We will zig-zag a bit to get us to Mays Lane, St Peters where you are free to wander and enjoy the impressive array of works including some by artists we have seen on the walk.

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