Industrial Cathedral

Industrial Cathedral
"Industrial Cathedral" charcoal drawing on paper 131 x 131 cm Jane Bennett. This drawing was a finalist in the 1998 Dobell Prize for Drawing (Art Gallery of N.S.W.) ; Finalist in 1998 Blake Prize for Religious Art ; Winner of 1998 Hunter's Hill Open Art Prize

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Eveleigh - (Very) Stained Glass Windows Part 1

One door closes...
Earlier this year renovations started on some parts of the interior and exterior of the Large Erecting Shop at Eveleigh. Soon new wooden doors made to the original pattern and drawings will replace the corrugated iron doors on all 6 roads. Wrought Artworks, the blacksmith's forge, in Bay 1/2 south of the ATP has already had their massive wooden doors replaced.
I've started a series of paintings of the doors and windows of the Large Erecting Shop before their makeover.
I have mixed feelings - I love the brooding atmosphere and quirky imperfections caused by decades of soot, industry and vandalism, yet I'm glad that the building's heritage is being respected and conserved. However, apart from fixing holes in the roof, the improvements seem to be restricted to the purely cosmetic rather than structural - the power, lighting and water supply, which could well stand some serious improvements, don't seem to be on the renovation list.

A Work in progress
painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm.
Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com


painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm

Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com

painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm.

Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com

The strange skeletal silhouettes against the windows are the relics of old train seats stacked madly against the grill!

painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett

Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm

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painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm.

Enquiries


Shapes would emerge and sink back into the gloom as railway workers opened and closed the doors. In the darkness I could barely make out the forms of motley bits of decades of collected junk; a shelf of old batteries sitting on rotting pallets,a couple of seats, a carriage window with panes of smeared and broken glass. This is flanked by a nest of ladders -I thought at first there were snakes behind them, but instead there is a cluster of bits of pipe. Around the base of the ladder to the right lie a stack of old brakes, which at first sight resembled blocks of wood.
painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
Painting E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm.

Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com

But most of it is wonderfully incomprehensible and fabulously useless.
painting of interior of Eveleigh Railway Workshops by industrial heritage artist Jane Bennett
E77 'The corner windows, Large Erecting Shop' 2011 ink/acrylic on paper 131 x 115cm.
Available for sale : $11,000



Enquiries
janecooperbennett@gmail.com



The finished painting in glorious monochrome.

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