Here are some behind the scenes photos of the preparation :
Here a workman adds some finishing touches before the Reading Room is open to the public.
I'm used to seeing a little bit of construction debris around my paintings!
The image has been enlarged to take up the entire wall behind the copying desk. It must be at least 3 times as large as the original canvas.
I wish I could have taken a canvas this large up to the top of the bridge, but I would have ended up hang- gliding all the way to New Zealand if I had!
State Librarian Alex Byrne opened the doors to officially declare new-look State Reference Library (SRL) OPEN at 9am this morning.
I was so thrilled that a reproduction of my painting 'Closing the Gap' is now displayed in the new look Reading Room!
I was amazed at the clarity of the image - how vibrant the ultramarine blue of the harbour appears. It has been described as "Yves Klein blue", but to me it is the quintessential Sydney blue, the blue of Brett Whiteley's Lavender Bay. Ultramarine - literally "outre mer" - beyond the sea. Originally ground from a semi precious stone, lapis lazuli, ultramarine was the most regal and expensive colour, used only to paint heaven or the cloaks of saints. Now this pigment has been replaced by cheap synthetic alternatives but the colour retains its almost mystical aura.
A quote from the website of the State Library :
"Our love of Sydney is clear throughout the Library with some spectacular images from our world-renowned collection on show, including Jane Bennett’s stunning Closing the Gap (1995) and Thomas Woore’s Panorama of Sydney (1829)."