Monday, June 22, 2015

Certificate of Exemption.. Guido van Helten.



This amazing work on Fitzgerald Street in North Perth by Brisbane artist Guido van Helten was inspired by the image below of an Afghan camaleer on a 'Certificate of Exemption from Dictation Test' dated 1916. Perhaps I should have waited for a brighter day to take the shot but somehow the dark clouds overhead were symbolic of the early 1900's when the White Australian Policy came into being. One hundred years later Australia is a thriving multi cultured country, although there will always be those who think they are superior. I'm of the opinion that people who feel they are superior are without exception.. not! Well that was a bit of a serious start to the week, cheering up tomorrow :) Happy Monday, take care and stay safe..

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34 comments:

  1. artistique,realiste,j aime beaucoups chapeau a l auteur ;o)

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  2. The murals you share with us never cease to amaze me and this is surely no exception!! Thanks as always!! Hope you get your blue skies back quickly!! Ours are gray today, too, but they're supposed to burn off later! We've had so much beautiful weather lately that I can't complain, that's for certain!!

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  3. Fantastic! Glad you also posted the certificate photo.

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  4. A wonderful piece, Grace! And perfect light for showing it.

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  5. Om dat zo groot te maken het is heel mooi.

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  6. I couldn't agree more with you about superiority. This is marvellously done and thanks for providing the story behind it!

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  7. Well, if you want to have your art seen, this is the way. :-)

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  8. It is always the worst sort who enforce the old, passing rules! But we are living in the future pried from them! Lovely!



    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  9. Are those photographs on the certificate? Given the year they certainly could be but the quality is stunning.

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  10. That's fantastic work, it reminds me of Mt Rushmore...

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  11. That is a terrific mural, and your photos of it are perfect. Don't think the U.S. has quite worked out its race relations yet, but perhaps things are improving. At least I hope they are.

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  12. That is wonderful. It's like your being watched.

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  13. Amazing work of art & very topical in light of what is being debated at this time!

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  14. looks like a very detailed mural.

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  15. It is a well painted and meaningful mural. Excellent!

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  16. They may be bureaucratic photos but by chance they are wonderful portraits full of character and feeling. The muralist did them proud. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  17. That is a beautiful mural with a story to think about. I agree with your assessment of people who think they are superior.

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  18. Excellent mural! And the dark clouds are perfect.

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  19. "Amazing" is definitely the right word to describe this artwork Grace.

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  20. A very talented artist and effective on that building. Funny seeing your Perth with overcast skies!

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  21. A really impressive mural!

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  22. A beautiful mural with an interesting story!

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  23. Powerful in so many ways. Grey day or not, very expressive. Thanks for sharing this!

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  24. A great mural Grace, looks so good against the brick wall. Interesting facts about the dictation test too.

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  25. It looks massive, and it does command attention.

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  26. I wish the US was a thriving multicultural society! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  27. Taking a photo of the mural on a dark day is quite fitting for what it represents. I'm totally ignorant of exclusion acts against immigrants in other countries besides mine (U.S.). I very much appreciate your post.
    Take 25 to Hollister

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