Double Bay Historical Image art project “Threads of Flora” 2023

Currently on display in foyer of ‘Woollahra Library. “Threads of Flora” is a digital art piece that introduces a fresh viewpoint on the historical images from Double Bay, Sydney. The work literally and metaphorically weaves historical images , drawing a connection between the past and the present of Double Bay. One of the striking features of this artwork highlights the abundant botanical roots of Double Bay. Using 3D scanning technology, the characteristics of the Fig trees on Bay Street are meticulously captured and blended into the art’s story. This merger of nature and technology produces a mesmerizing juxtaposition. Assisted by cloth simulation, the artwork unveils a visual progression of Double Bay’s history. As the digital layers unfold, they spotlight the region’s botanical richness. “Threads of Flora” serves as a profound exploration into the layered history of Double Bay.

Historical images used in artwork

The images are mapped onto digital drapery in the artwork.


View of Double Bay, Sydney Harbour, 18-- / drawn by an unknown artist

Date: 18??

Out of copyright : Artist died before 1955.

View of Double Bay, 1895 / John Campbell

Drawings - 38.5 x 64.5 cm. - 1 watercolour drawing on paper

Out of copyright : Artist died before 1955

Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Stream entering Double Bay

American & Australasian Photographic Company Date: 1870-1875

1 negative - 10 in. x 12 in. - glass

Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Out of copyright

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