A History of Byron Bay (as seen painted on the water reservoir above the town)

A History of Byron Bay, as seen painted on the water reservoir above the town

Byron Bay on the east coast of Australia, has a rich and lyrical history but does not have a museum, this painting was birthed in the Bicentennial year to honour the town’s past

From Aboriginal settlement to the present day the 5,250 square foot painting takes one through the various industries which have impacted on Byron’s wonderful character.  Here is a pictorial compilation and narrative of the only photographs ever taken of the painting as the images you see are now beneath several layers of graffiti

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A History of Byron Bay, as seen painted on the water reservoir above the town

The day was clear the wind from the south no longer dried the paint before it was applied. The magpies had stolen more brushes for their nests so i had to use a smaller brush to flat out the wall which glowed and curved off into the distance with mirage shimmers of white. Soon i descended myself into this blaze as the colours dribbled from the end of my feverishly outstretched ligaments. It was everywhere, in my mouth, in my eyes, i lived it as its waves of colour surged throughout like blood

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The tank is used by fishermen at sea as a lineup point, so rather than camouflage it i was asked to brighten this side up!

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