Saturday, 16 January 2010

Banksia murals

The dreary wall outside Banksia railway station and behind the bus stop was recently brightened up by a burst of colour. The mural incorporates a flow of stainless steel Banksia leaves, a concept 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.

11 comments:

KaHolly said...

Well, now, that is really cool! A fitting tribute to the early explorers that named the bay. ~karen

Pat and Bruce Caspersonn said...

I really enjoyed looking through your blog. Great work, keep going.
You are probably a St.George supporter, I will try not to hold that against you.
Bruce.

J Bar said...

Bruce, I certainly am a St George Dragons supporter. Thanks for not holding that against me. :) Cheers.

maritz said...

nice post.. visit mine sir.

Titanium said...

I love the play of the colors along the wall; will have to explore more of your photography!

For a bit of sheer magic, stop on over for today’s WW.

Luna said...

Very interesting painting along the wall...
Best wishes...Luna

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

wonderful wall, what a joy to see your blog, thanks :)

Hana said...

Is show your blog!Que hoje o dia seja emocionante, repleto de acontecimentos fantásticos, e esta semana será a mais especial em sua vida, as palavras tem este poder, então acredite que simplesmente será maravilhosose e será!!! Abraços.
Com carinho Hana

tapirgal said...

Very cool info. I'm happy to see that those early naturalists are remembered. I love reading about them.

bettyl said...

That is a very cool park. Speaks of unity we can all appreciate.

JunieRose2005 said...

Wonderful pictures! I especially like that colorful wall!!


Junie