This tapestry was designed by Martin Sharp as his visual interpretation of Bernard O’Dowd’s poem titled, Australia. It is a beautiful piece of artwork that involves different bright colours and distinct images that were put together in one place. Here, we can see Captain Cook’s ship sailing towards the land now called Australia in a clear blue sky. The images presented here are all Australian icons such as Uluru or Ayers rock, Opera house, dingo, aboriginal hand print, the Harbour Bridge, the Luna park that was caught on fire. The fish and the starfish represents the Great Barrier Reef. The starry, bursting images in the middle represent New Year’s Eve celebration.
Among other images, the Harbour Bridge, though partly hidden serves as the centrepiece of the artwork due to its size and its placement. Apart from the fact that it is an Australian icon, it can also be interpreted as an important structure allowing a nation to grow. This describes what Australia is today– a developed country. The Southern cross can also be seen. This forms part of the bridge’s pillars. The five white star of the Southern cross in the middle are part of the national flag of Australia. The map of Australia is there to show that these images are part of this country.
With its beautiful design and unique presentation of these images, Martin Sharp’s Oz tapestry is both captivating and entertaining.