Walking between the City across Victoria Bridge (the third one built here) to the Art Gallery, on each end a stonework entrance has been retained that once marked the entrance to a footbridge to the second Victoria Bridge constructed in 1896. By June 1897 the bridge was enlarged from the single lane for traffic to two lanes for the horse and carts with a tram up the middle and footpath on either side. On the southern side, a memorial to a young lad, Hector Vasyli, who died near to that spot “as the result of a lamentable accident, whilst welcoming returned soldiers” on 9.June 1918 aged 11.years. “During his brief sojourn on earth, he devoted much of his time to patriotic work for Australian soldiers during the great European War.”
On the southern side, another sculpture of a cicada with wings that shimmered in the sunlight. Rides across the bridge seemed popular, the poor cyclists under stress with the curve of the bridge in the heat.
The Art Gallery was well worth the visit. Lee enjoyed the various works on display, in particular those by Albert Namatjira. Another amazing work by Lin Onus of the Yorta Yorta people, Victoria was “Morumbeeja Pitoa” (Floods and moonlight) painted three years before his death in 1996. It shows his country, Barmah Forest, in flood by moonlight. The photo does not do it justice and look hard to see the fish in the water, through a traditional crosshatching design he learnt in Arnhem Land. Beautiful.
Many other brilliant works of art of landscapes and seascapes took time to appreciate, with their high level of detail, shades and colour. More modern art left Lee in a state of bewilderment. Perhaps she lacks the in-depth appreciation and insight for some of the works. She was left to wonder if this artist’s paintings were numbered because he too was at a loss for words?