Queen Victoria Building, Up Close

Delicate vine-leaf carvings at the end of a wall and on the side of a column, beneath the beginnings of a sandstone arch. The wall-end carving is a square shape, with a vine stem rising up in high relief and curling under on either side. The patterns within are symmetrical and meet in the middle. On the column, the carving is a half-cup shape, with the same stem in high-relief at the outer edge and the vines inside forming circles and overlapping curves, avoiding symmetry. Each section is crowned with three narrow layers of stone, and above these the arch begins; plain with a rounded trim above the column, but above the square section incorporating an echo of the leaf patterns in very high relief and deep shadows.