All the colours of the rainbow, on a beautiful blue day, on a popular suburban beach... in 'Australia's Most Livable City'.
"For many years in the late nineteenth century, Brighton was Melbourne's favourite seaside destination. Nestled on Dendy Street Beach, the Brighton bathing boxes are a popular Bayside icon and cultural asset. The 82 Brighton bathing boxes are unique because of their uniform scale and proportion, building materials, sentry order alignment and a Planning Scheme Heritage Overlay on a beach owned by Bayside City Council.
As simple structures, all retain classic Victorian architectural features with timber framing, weatherboards and corrugated iron roofs. They remain as they did over one hundred years ago, as licensed bathing boxes. No service amenities such as electricity or water are connected.
Although approximately 1,860 bathing boxes, boatsheds and similar structures are located around Port Phillip Bay and Western Port, the Brighton bathing boxes are the only remaining structures of their kind close to the Melbourne central business district. As a functional remnant of a bygone era, they provide a cultural and historical resource that is constantly being photographed, painted or drawn."
(info from http://www.brightonbathingbox.org.au/)
Licensees choose to differentiate their bathing boxes with minor structural, artistic and colour variations. When viewed together they turn the beachscape into a collective work of art that can change by the hour according to season, light and colours.
And behind those sweet little beach houses...
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