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Old King Cole Welcome to Luna Park

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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Luna Park Sydney (originally Luna Park Milsons Point, also known as Sydney’s Luna Park) is an amusement park, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Luna Park is located at Milsons Point, on the northern shore of Sydney Harbour.

The park was constructed at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge during 1935. Luna Park was closed in mid-1979, immediately following the Ghost Train fire, which killed six children and one adult. There have been several more closures and reopenings over the years. After another redevelopment, Luna Park reopened in 2004, and as of 2012 is still operating.

Based on the enormous smiling faces at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia and Steeplechase Park in the United States, Luna Park’s 9-metre-wide (30 ft) smiling face, as well as its flanking towers, have presided over the main entrance for almost all of the park’s 70-year history. There have been eight distinct faces, installed in 1935, 1938, 1939, 1946, 1950, 1973, 1982, and 1994. The seventh Face was donated to the Powerhouse Museum in May 1994.32 The eighth and current Face, completed in 1994 and carved from polyurethane, is based on Arthur Barton’s 1950 “Old King Cole” version.

Night shot taken with Pentax k-r on 24 February 2012 at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
ISO 1600
21.2mm
0 EV
f/5.6
1/50 sec.
RAW
Hand held

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