The OZ? Tapestry is a beautiful and vibrant piece of work. I love the colours and the simple way Martin Sharp has put all together.
The first thing I see when looking at it is the Southern Cross, which is right in the middle of the tapestry and has explosions coming out of it. I have read this is to represent the fireworks when we celebrate things like New Year’s Eve.
When I look at the First Fleet part, I had to laugh as Uluru is in the water. Sharp has a great way of putting all the things that are Australia in the tapestry.
Luna Park is there, and in the 1970s a fire in the Ghost Train happened with people dying. It reminds us that life is short and precious.
The hot sun is there as well. There are Aboriginal hand paintings of lost animals that we may never see again. Dingos fish and birds are all there.
The Harbour Bridge and Opera House are there, and Australia is there with Canberra marked for the National Capital.
Around the edges are lines from Bernard O’Dowd’s poem “Australia”. Martin Sharp has based this tapestry on this poem.
In the poem, O’Dowd is asking if we have made mistakes, by trying to make it look like England. He wants it to be a land of its own.
In the tapestry Sharp has portrayed that we have made Australia our own now, with bits of English influence there as well. I like this tapestry as it is simple and to the point. Anyone can see what he is trying to portray to the people.