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Published on May 11th, 2009 | by john.weir

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Lost city found in Sydney

A top-secret art grotto and unique abandoned space has been reborn in Sydney. The Paddington Reservoir, now located on Oxford Street, consists of two 1,023 square metre chambers built in 1866 and 1878 respectively. It was decommissioned in 1899, and became a garage. In 1993, the roof caved-in, leaving the site derelict but for 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. With almost A$10 million (approx £4,950,000) worth of restoration work complete, the new Paddington Reservoir Gardens opened on 29 March. The park is now home to a stunning Romanesque sunken garden with a lake of contemplation at its centre and a hanging garden canopy around the perimeter and an eastern chamber left empty but for the wall art. This blank canvas ‘cultural precinct’ will host markets, art and film festivals and retail

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