Aqua Profonda Fitzroy Print


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The ‘sort of’ famous AQUA PROFONDA sign at the Fitzroy Swimming Pool in Melbourne. This c.1954 hand-painted sign is listed on the heritage register for its social and historical significance due to its association with Australia’s post-war migration program. The sign was originally installed as an initiative of the pool manager who was constantly rescuing migrant children from the deep end of the pool.

The sign also achieved iconic status with its appearance in the famous 1977 Helen Garner novel Monkey Grip and the subsequent film.

The feel, colours, detail and composition in this illustration were inspired quite a lot by the work of the brilliant precisionist Australian artist, the late Jeffrey Smart. The artist tried to imagine how he may have looked at it and possibly approached it, it is also why they decided to add the single, bright red and white lifebuoy to a somewhat plain, pedestrian wall and industrial, static background. He always threw in something obscure, quirky or ironic in his paintings.

This print was designed and made in Melbourne by Harper and Charlie.

Large prints will be posted carefully rolled in a tube and protected with a layer of brown paper, and A4 prints will be posted flat, sandwiched between Kraft board.

Material(s): Printed using the highest commercial grade pigment inks, onto ILFORD 180gsm matt paper 

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