Boldly immortalised in steel

Trevor Bly with his artwork created in memory of Craigie SHS.
Trevor Bly with his artwork created in memory of Craigie SHS.

LandCorp commissioned artist and former Craigie SHS student Trevor Bly to draw on the site’s history with an artistic representation of Craigie’s 6025 postcode in large steel numbers at The Vive.

Created over 12 months, the 1.8m high ‘blockbuster’ graffiti art piece in bright reds, blues and yellows comprises pieces of the old school’s terrace steps.

Mr Bly, who published Craigie Tales documenting aerosol art in the northern suburbs, said former pupils and local artists had a strong connection to the land.

‘After the school closed down (in 2003), the terraces outside the gym and the former tennis court walls became a public canvas for hundreds of aerosol artists to practise their art,’ he said.

‘It was an important place for artistic development in the area. Having collected (parts of) the remaining terraces and pieces of the original wall and including them inside the sculpture, I hope to immortalise the significance of this site.’

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said public art created context and referenced the history of a place.

‘We wanted to retain the connection to the school and those that spent time there,’ he said.

Residents also gave the artist input on what they loved about their suburb for a second piece due for completion in June.

The Vive is bounded by Camberwarra Drive, Fenellia Crescent and Arawa Place and will be home to about 400 people.