A spectacular mural by artist Geoff Hogg adorns the back of the library and provides a focal point for the visitor. Trained as a painter, Geoff Hogg was an early contributor to the revival of contemporary Public Art. He began his work with a strong interest in public forms including street installation, projection, integrated architecture and craft along with banner making, processional objects and in particular, large scale wall painting and drawing. This work grew from a concern to re-connect with under-valued sources and traditions in contemporary cultural life.
The mural is full of historical references and builds images from the memories and cultural patterns that the multicultural residents of Brunswick bring into the City in order to enliven it and enrich it. Depicted are Turkish ceramic ornaments, Victorian reproductions of classical figures, a Chinese poem, indigenous hand designs and persons and incident from local history including a portrait of artist Noel Counihan active in the 1930s and an important figure in social and political reform.
The mural (painted on the proscenium arch of the old theatre the library occupies) draws the eye straight through the main space of the library. Neutral colours in the main part of the library keep the focus on Hogg’s large and expressive mural, while soft furnishings pick out certain colours to give the space a pleasing visual unity.
This post is part of the Monday Mellow Yellows meme,
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