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Shark-net seahorses of Balmoral : a harbour memoir / Robert Adamson & Peter Kingston
Bib ID 6155978
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Adamson, Robert, 1943- author
Description Sydney : Chowder Bay Press, 2012 
1 v. (unpaged) : colour illustrations, music, portraits ; 36 x 36 cm in 40 x 40 x 4 cm wooden box 

The poet Robert Adamson and the artist Peter Kingston, both born in 1943, grew up on opposite sides of Sydney Harbour: the poet on the north shore at Neutral Bay with Taronga Park and Balls Head nearby, and the artist on the south side at Vaucluse, near the now lost Wintergarden and Sydney Stadium. They shared a deep attachment to the foreshore and water, although their paths diverged: Kingston was sent to a prestigious private school, and Adamson graduated from delinquency to Long Bay Gaol; and Kingston eventually moved across the Harbour to Lavender Bay, while Adamson left for the Hawkesbury River. However in this autobiographical collaboration they recall some of the landmarks, formative events, and magical experiences of their childhood, like the seahorses that Robert Adamson used to see taunting a groper on the other side of the shark net at Balmoral, where he swam every day.

Full contents
  • i. Heaving the rope
  • ii. The green flash
  • iii. Net makers
  • iv. The river caves
  • v. The Phantom
  • vi. The Wintergarden
  • vii. The Sydney Stadium
  • viii. The Long Bay Debating Society
  • ix. Chowder Bay
  • x. Sugarloaf Bay, Middle Harbour

Limited edition of 26 copies, lettered A-Z, each signed by the poet and the artist.

Artists' book. "There are twenty-one prints by Peter Kingston, including three long internal wrappers, a folding leporello, the upper of the box lid, and the illustrated colophon in the base lining. The upper lining of the lid reproduces the artist's own musical score for piano, a song without words for Francis Webb. A light sensitive circuit plays this piece when the box is opened." --Catalogue from Australian Galleries, Nov. 2012.

"The linocut prints are on Japanese lwaki Mulberry paper, using Sakura oil based inks, by way of the Luke Sciberras wooden spoon printing technique. The poems are set in Bembo and printed on Rising Stonehenge with wrapper supports of Suecia Antiqua Chamois. Each box has been constructed by Ian McLeod. Designed, printed and assembled by Nicholas Pounder at the sign of the Polar Bear, Tamarama, MMXII"--Colophon.

A photographic portrait of Robert Adamson and Peter Kingston by Juno Gemes is reproduced in the colophon. Box and calico bag silkscreened by Mary-Lou Whelan.

Library's SR copy is no. B and includes Further views, consisting of seven supplementary prints, and includes an invitation to the book launch in the Dixson Room at the State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, 8th Nov. 2012.

Subjects Adamson, Robert, 1943-  |  Kingston, Peter.  |  Artists' books -- Australia.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Description and travel -- Pictorial works.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Poetry.  |  Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Pictorial works.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Kingston, Peter, 1943- artist printmaker  |  Pounder, Nicholas book designer printer


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