A Healthy Artwork
In April of this year I was appointed as the Curator for the Five Dock Laneways Project. Over approximately 6 months we will roll out a series of Public artworks in the laneways around Five Dock Shopping Centre. The changing demographics and rather austere and tired look and feel of Five Dock is the impetus behind this project.
It was with great pleasure that over the weekend of the 31 July we installed the first work for this project.
Introducing Fit Five Dock by Eddie Botha
This 15 metre x 3 metre work started life as a single drawing 3 metres x 60 centimetres. It features a whopping 1656 individually drawn characters and 39 of our furry canine friends.
Eddie spent a number of days in and around Five Dock visiting a range of health and fitness activity centres and sports fields to get a sense of what activities the locals participated in. He ended up drawing 42 different activities ranging from karate, bowling and gymnastics.
The colours for the piece were selected as they are the colours of Five Dock and its leisure centre. They really lift the once drab brown brick laneway putting a smile on your face as you walk through to Great North Road from the Waterview Street carpark.
The work really captures Eddie's unique humour and also his sympathetic understanding of the human condition and the human body in all its beauty and difference.
I really hope you enjoy Fit Five Dock!
Artwork drawing underway
The artwork getting coloured digitally
The blank wall
First panel goes up
Top row making progress
Starting to take shape