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New material from Phoenix Rescue Mission – Palmer 2

A previous post (under ‘Digital’) published an aerial view of Prednyi Solonyi found in the archive of Rescue Mission Palmer 1. This was the image:

06-first landscape

We now have an image of one of the oldest buildings in the colony, the Old Krankenhaus, or hospital:

krankenhausPrednyi Solonyi was the first settlement established on Teitelbaum 5, known as Phoenix (Teitelbaum = date palm, Latin Phoenix dactylifera.)

The Old Krankenhaus was built by Dr Ernst Loebe entirely from local materials. Loebe also established the faience works, and tiled the hospital roof with the rare red-tinted tiles, and finished the outer wall with the commoner blue-green in the coping work.

This drawing was in the archive brought back by recovery vehicle Palmer 2. It can be dated fairly accurately as the sky colour is typical of the middle stage of the second major solar flare (Teitelbaum Event TF 17.) The artist (or cartoonist if you like) was evidently a member of one of the dissident groups opposing roboticisation. This can be seen from his lampooning robotic servitors as ‘tin men’, and in the wry notices on the outer wall.

The drawing gives a good impression of the ubiquitous nitro-converters. These were originally torus-shaped when installed in the fields. However when it was decided to put them within the built-up areas they had to contend with the overhead wiring. The inverted crescent shape was designed to accomodate this, and turned out to be more efficient than the original torus.

The kerb-stones in the drawing are clearly Sick Rocks from the first quarry opened. The radiation danger from these when used in the construction of buildings was not realised initially. After the ban on their use for housing they were still often used in kerbing and for field fencing.

Comments by

Franklyn Russo

Librarian, Palmer 2 Recovery Material.

Cityscape in Koornang Road

Gleneira Artists Society had an all-day love-in called Cityscape, in  Koornang Rd on Sunday the 8th of November. About fifteen of us, scattered up and down the shopping strip. Second time we’ve done it there.

Here are my two pieces:

  1. Koornang tripleview, 40x50cm, Texta on canvas!

koornang tripleview

2. Koornangg street signs. 30x40cm. Also texta on canvas, but ruined with a little bit of fixative…

koornang street signs

Dead Man’s Gully

Inner-tube replacement, new valve, timer mechanism reset and air intake filter cleaned. A busy few months! image image image image image image

The Hind at the Meeting of Night and Day

12 x 14.5 inches, 8 epi. Undyed wool, 4 strands.

Even tho’ all one colour, at one stage 10 bobbins were dangling!

Clearly only an apprentice piece with lots of egregious errors – but a hell of a learning experience with sumac, chaining, twining and pseudo-twill all jumbled up together. But, ah, the texture!!!


The cutting off of Imants Tillers’s “Avenue of Honour”

It was a privilege to be present this morning at the formal cutting off of the huge tapestry “Avenue of Honour”, designed by Imants Tillers for the Canberra War Museum, and woven by the weavers of the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Weaving commenced last October, and had to be completed for installation for this Anzac Day, April 25th.

Imants Tillers in front of the tapestry still mounted on the loom:

avenue on loom

 Drs Hanbury and Brendan Nelson wielding the scissors:

the cutting off The tapestry laid out:

avenue laid out

The Lovers in the Desert Garden

desert garden 30cm x 40cm; 9 epi. playing with textures.

Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades.

30 cm x 40 cm (12″ x 16″). 7.5 epi. 

Mixed weave of wool and acrylic, with embroidery.