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Tangalooma wrecks

About a mile from the resort (the old whaling station) is Tangalooma's artifical reef; which was made by sinking these old whaling hulks. These massive rusting lumps of iron have a look of permancacy and its amazing to see the way yachts make their way between them to safely anchor.

I wanted to paint these as a monument - to the way life changes. The island from a whaling station in the 1960's to a tourist resort in the 1990s; and these ships from old workhorses of the ocean, to a home for barnacles and coral. In the distance you can see the shape of the glasshouse mountains - a view Captain Cook would have seen in 1770.

Acrylic on canvas 2001 Timmy Mallett


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