One of Sydney's most top-secret art grottoes and unique abandoned spaces has been reborn. The Paddington Reservoir, built 142 years ago, was decommissioned in 1914 and became a garage. In 1993, the servo's roof caved-in, leaving the site derelict but for hordes of feral cats and a shadowy graffiti movement who under the cover of night filled the walls of the 1023-square-metre site with stunning frescoes and murals. Now, with almost $10 million worth of restoration work complete, the new Paddington Reservoir Gardens has a stunning Romanesque sunken garden with a lake of contemplation at its centre, a hanging garden canopy around the perimeter and an eastern chamber left empty but for the wall art. This blank canvas 'cultural precinct' hosts markets, art and film festivals.
Paddington Reservoir Gardens
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