Open Day (2012)

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John Webb: Open Day (2012)

Open Day (2012)
1.51 x 1.0m

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This work:

This work was inspired by an open day on the Murray Darling river system, with Echuca as a backdrop.

This town is a very important boat stop on the Murray River for transport. Echuca is an Aboriginal name meaning "Meeting of the Waters."  I took great pleasure in using artistic license to acquire a boat of my own, without having to resort to piracy!

Australian context

From the Port of Echuca website:

"The Historic Port of Echuca precinct is an authentic working steam port, home to Australia’s largest fleet of steam-driven paddlesteamers.

Although its major commodity has changed from wool to people, Port of Echuca still operates much the same as it did in the 1860's, with our shipwrights and steam engineers providing a vital role in the Port's operations today, just as they would have in the late 1800's."

On Monday 11 June 2012 the Murray River in Echuca-Moama became host to a River Pageant, paying homage to Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. Approximately 2,000 people lined the river bank as the various vessels cruised upstream from the Echuca Boat Ramp to the Echuca-Moama Bridge.

Murray River  paddleboat
Image: TripAdvisor