Sydney, Gadigal CountryDesignInc Architects

Petersham Train Mural

Location

Sydney, Gadigal Country

Client

DesignInc Architects

Date

15.11.21

Artists

Steven Nuttall

Art Pharmacy collaborated with DesignInc Architects to commission a historically relevant and community minded mural at the Petersham Train Station in Sydney’s Inner West, as part of the Transport Access Program.

Using the Heritage Interpretation Plan, we designed an art narrative that reflected the evolution of the Petersham train station and local area. Two artists were invited to submit concepts that responded to the heritage elements of the site.

In light of this theme, the chosen Sydney mural artist, Steven Nuttall (also known as Ox King) designed ‘The journey home’ a depiction of the famed Australian poet Henry Lawson.

Describing the mural Nuttall writes “The last rays of afternoon sunlight spill across Petersham station bathing the waiting Henry Lawson in its warm light. Rain will begin to fall soon, a summer storm, but the poet is lost in thought, straining to see the outlines of a poem in his mind's eye.”

The final work provokes a sense of warmth like that of the quintessential Australian summer, and a nostalgia for the history of Petersham Train Station.

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Photography

Amy Piddington

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