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Bollards at Geelong

The Bollards form a narrative of the people and events associated through history with Geelong, Victoria. The painted figures represent a whole spectrum of local characters from native inhabitants and explorers to opera singers and lifesavers, as well as preserving and highlighting historic events.
The inspiration for the Bollards came from the artist, Jan Mitchell. Work on the Bollards began in 1995 including nearly a year of extensive research with the last of the figures completed in 1999.
Jan chooses the timber for each figure from huge reclaimed pier pylons of Australian red iron bark or turpentine hardwood. The timber is then shaped by carver/prop-maker Pieter Roos. Along with assistant artist John Starr, Jan paints the figures in the technique of trompe l'oeil (three-dimensional illusion). The figures stand over two metres high and make an impressive sight along the Corio Bay foreshore.
Lifesavers
Lifesavers
Matthew Flinders
Matthew Flinders
Aboriginal Family
Aboriginal Family
Ulysses M.C.
Ulysses M.C.
Bathing Beauties
Bathing Beauties
Geelong Baths Swimming Club
Geelong Baths Swimming Club
Volunteer Rifle Band
Volunteer Rifle Band
Victoria Baths Swimmers
Victoria Baths Swimmers
Western Beach Sea Bathing Company
Western Beach Sea Bathing Company
Peter Lalor
Peter Lalor
Steam and Sail Captains
Steam and Sail Captains
Sailor and Woman
Sailor and Woman
Corio Rowing Club
Corio Rowing Club
1920's Beauty
1920's Beauty
John Raddenbury and Lady
John Raddenbury and Lady
Nancy Natty Knickers
Nancy Natty Knickers
Father and Son Fishing
Father and Son Fishing
James Harrison
James Harrison
Scotsman
Scotsman