This is how work was developed and then painted for an Artwork for 2 HUGE water tanks in the Town of Cowra NSW.
Videos created by Joel Fergie from ‘The Zookeeper who writes:
“I worked with Drapl and the Brightsiders to help transform these giant reservoirs. These Water Towers over look one of Australia’s most significant World War II historical sights. In 1944 the Cowra Prisoner of war camp became site of the worlds largest POW breakout.
“Sadly, 235 lives were lost and many more wounded. Today this site represents a space of reconciliation and peace. This work is dedicated to all those who passed, and the many who worked hard to bring, peace, setting aside, indifference and greif.
“The work also pays respect to the Wiradjuri people, passed present and emerging. The site is and always will be Wiradjuri country. “
Following several meetings of Cowra’s Public Art Panel to consider designs, it was decided in consultation with the local Indigenous community that an Indigenous theme would feature for one tank, with the artists meeting and photographing a number of local Indigenous youth to inform their work.
The second tank is theme associated with the POW camp showing the history of the town. The POW Camp was constructed between 1941 and 1944 and is located within the Peace Precinct. It has also been discovered that 1 family from Cowra sacrificed four men in this conflict, the biggest cohort of loss for any Cowra family. The Coe’s family are a First Nations Family and sill reside in Cowra
The murals and water tank art are funded under the state government’s Public Spaces Legacy Program, which will enhance public spaces across the shire.
Learn more at: https://visitcowra.com.au
Artists: Drapl: https://www.instagram.com/drapl/?hl=en
Brightsiders: https://www.instagram.com/_brightside… T
he Zookeeper: https://www.instagram.com/_thezookeep…
Music: First Sign: Ice and Fire – King Canyon Second Song: Adrift – ELPHNT