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Underneath the arches

Gerry Wedd

Gerry Wedd, Underneath the arches, 2000, 7,000 ceramic tiles, cobalt underglaze. Photo Sam Roberts.

In this large work, numerous elements and themes are combined, drawing on the environmental history of the location.Located under the King William Street Adelaide Bridge, on the tiles are depicted European fish such as carp (who have supplanted most of the now-vanished endemic fish species). Also depicted are other animals and creatures that once lived around this part of the Torrens before it was dammed. Another significant part of this tile design uses text and images from the children's book 'Who Killed Cockatoo' by W.A. Cawthorne, published in 1862, making it possibly the first children's picture book published in Australia. It is believed Cawthorne lived in the vicinity of the bridge. The tiles are also a nod to Islamic tile decoration: the blue colour of the tiles is called 'Iranian blue glaze'.

King William Street Bridge,

Year Produced
2000

Materials
7,000 ceramic tiles, cobalt underglaze

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