Princes Highway

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The Princes Highway came into being when pre-existing roads were renamed ‘Prince’s Highway’ after the visit to Australia in 1920 of the Prince of Wales, who would later abdicate the throne as King Edward VIII. Filmed at Tempe Tyres, a Princes Highway institution known widely for its visual display of chrome rims – and named eponymously for the future king – Princes Highway documents the comings and goings of customers behind the towering facade, simultaneously reflecting the traffic outside. Once upon a time, motors would turn the wheels at various speeds, however, over the years, this facility has slowly degraded – some wheels have even fallen down. Princes Highway is a reflection on the emblems of suburban Australian masculinity, cycling slowly until they are eventually abdicated and abandoned.