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A Postmodern Playground: The Former Rozelle Tram Depot

58103 - Ideas in History

9 Pages Essays / Projects Year: Pre-2018

Abstract Located in the inner-city suburb of Glebe, the Rozelle Tram Depot has long since been a hub of Sydney’s once-popular electric tram network. Defunct for the past five decades, the site has since been left to decay as a storage space and consequently became a popular site for vandals. However, over the years as the graffiti accumulated and the heavy vandalism transformed the derelict space, the site became a landmark for Sydney’s underground art scene. The aim of this paper is to critically examine the evolution of this urban landscape through the lenses of modernity and postmodernity. The appropriation of the heritage site as a canvas for contemporary street art demonstrates how these key ideas and their histories influence current social and cultural thought and practice. This re-contextualisation of its cultural significance reflects over time, a shift in the prevalence of the values of modernity to the reactionary ideas of post-modernity, holding relevance to our understanding of the site itself and more generally, the present moment in which we live. Key Words Modernity, postmodernity, urban decay, street art, heritage site, industrialisation

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