Thursday, 28 May 2015

Banksia, mural

The wall outside the railway station, in the southern suburb of Banksia, features a colourful mural which incorporates a flow of stainless steel Banksia leaves. The concept was developed by Ruth Downes and Geoff Webster. The plant and the suburb, are named after Joseph Banks, a naturalist along with Daniel Solander, on the expedition of the Endeavour led by James Cook. They explored the eastern coast of Australia in 1770 and landed at nearby Botany Bay. The first and last leaves are inscribed with the following quotes from their journals. "The great quantity of plants Mr Banks and Dr Solander found in this place occasioned my giving it the name Botany Bay" James Cook - May 1770. "Of Plants in general the countrey afforded a far larger variety than its barren appearance seemed to promise" Joseph Banks - August 1770.

22 comments:

  1. A lovely mural. So that's the origin of the name!

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  2. Now this cool. Rom The Backroads Traveller

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  3. Wow! That is a real eye catcher Jim.

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  4. That is certainly an eye catching bit of street art

    molylxxx

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  5. We do have many weird and wonderful plants here Jim, the banksia one of the most well known! This is a lovely, contemporary sculpture.

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  6. What a lovely and creative sign. There is more than meets the eye to almost everything in this world.

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    1. Penelope, this is true. I hadn't discovered the inscriptions until I went up close looking for some information about the artists.

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  7. What a beautiful mural composed of paint AND metal. So unique.

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  8. I've never seen a mural layered like this. Pretty cool!

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  9. Very nice looking.
    And it explains the origins of the names Botany Bay and Banksia - neither of which I knew (though had I thought about it properly, I could have guessed)

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  10. Great mural Jim, colourful, eyecatching and interesting

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  11. It is an unusual mural but I like the adding of the silver.

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  12. Brilliant colors in the mural and the steel leaf is very unique!
    Have a Beautiful Day!!
    Peace :)

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