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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Eaten by robots


plein air oil painting of the Harbour Control Tower, Millers Point near Barangaroo by industrial & maritime heritage artist Jane Bennett
MP55 Harbour Control Tower from Observatory Hill 2016
oil on paper 9.5 x 9.5cm

Another one of my old studios has bitten the dust.
I feel like I can jinx a place just by painting it. I have been observing the start of the demolition of the Port Operations Harbour Tower in Millers Point.
Love it or loathe it, the Tower was one of the last vestiges of Barangaroo's former life as a working port.

The heart and soul of the former 'Hungry Mile' has been ripped out and replaced with machines.
Literally.
plein air oil painting of the Harbour Control Tower, Millers Point near Barangaroo, with the Palisade Hotel by industrial & maritime heritage artist Jane Bennett
MP56 Harbour Control Tower from Argyle st 2016 oil on paper 9.5 x 9.5cm
 
Once the 'mushroom cap' at the top of the Tower was fully removed, the concrete stem below it was eaten away by robotic excavators from the top down. Just another portent of the world envisioned by Isaac Asimov in his book “I, Robot. Technology asserts its robotic grip whether you like it or not. Progress is so impersonal.
Eaten by robots- what a way to go!
So very Dr Who. "Exterminate, exterminate!"
plein air oil painting of the Harbour Control Tower, Millers Point near Barangaroo, from the Palisade Hotel by industrial & maritime heritage artist Jane Bennett
 MP54 Harbour Control Tower from the Hotel Palisade 2016-7 
oil on canvas 122 x 153cm

Meanwhile paint peels off surrounding terraces awaiting their inevitable gentrification. The Hotel Palisade opposite has completed its journey from early opening waterfront dive to hipster hub, while retaining some of the trappings of its colourful past.

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