Have you heard of Melbourne's Sidney Myer Music Bowl? Probably not. Let's take a stroll up the Kings Domain rise from St Kilda Road.
Near the Bowl is this monument, which has no details at all about it at the site. I rely on Google Maps to inform me it is a memorial to King George V.
Businessman and philanthropist Sidney Myer died in 1934 and left a substantial amount of money in a trust which has financed a number of public projects. The trust is now controlled by the Victorian Arts Centre. In 1959 the Bowl was completed and I recall it received a major renovation, perhaps in the 1990s or later. Top world artists have performed at the Bowl with the largest crowd ever for the pop group, The Seekers. Here is a cut and paste from Wikipedia: ABBA, AC/DC, Metallica, Wings, Blondie, The Beach Boys, Crowded House, Dire Straits, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Merle Haggard, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, R.E.M., Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Daft Punk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and most recently Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Soundgarden, Tool, Kanye West, Paramore, Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, Swedish House Mafia, blink-182, and The Black Keys.
The Bowl is fenced but the only time I have attended an event there, Carols by Candlenight on a Christmas Eve in the 1980s, it was not fenced and we just found a space to sit on the steep, grass bank. At the rear of the Bowl, the hill falls away very steeply to Alexandra Avenue and the Yarra River.
I guess equipment has to be stored somewhere.
There are a couple of sculptures within the Bowl. Hand of God by Carl Milles, sculpted in 1954, but it is not the original, which is in Sweden.
On the opposite side, more storage.
Miraggio by Pino Conte, donated to Melbourne in 1964.
Utilities underneath. I just read that one of Sidney Myer's children, also named Sidney, married one Sarah Hordern. Both families were large retailers in their respective cities and while we have the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Sydney has the Hordern Pavillion.
I descended back towards St Kilda Road. This made me smile. The multi laned high tech Domain Tunnel runs under here, apparently not very far down. Some irrigation system work is being underway in The Domain, so I suppose it is about that.
This is the rear of Police Memorial, upon which are the names of all Victorian Police killed while in service. I probably should rephrase this, but there is still space for more names.
The front view. It is quite a low key memorial, which is nice, I think.
At the tram stop.