We're sorry to hear of the recent death of Sydney artist Martin Sharp, His many achievements – among them the co-creation of Oz magazine in the late 1960s and the psychedelic refurbishment of Sydney's Luna Park in the 1970s – Sharp designed the tenth and final panel of the Federation Tapestry which hangs in Melbourne Museum.
Celebrations 2001, the tenth of the Federation Tapestry series, designed by Martin Sharp.Source: Museum Victoria
Central to Sharp's tapestry, titled Celebrations 2001, is one of his most often-used motifs: the word 'Eternity' in elegant copperplate script. This is a tribute to Arthur Stace who wrote the word on the streets of Sydney, anonymously, for decades. Sharp surrounded this centrepiece with other powerful images of Australia: 'Sorry' written in the sky above the Sydney Opera House, an artwork by Ginger Riley, a quote from Patrick White, and the First Fleet.
Tribute to Martin Sharp by Sean O'Brien on ABC Open
Infosheets about the Federation Tapestry
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Hi, I was on the Fairsea in 1953/54 and there was definitely a swimming pool as I remember the crossing and Neptune. I was 9 years old.