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Street Art at the Hougoumont

Australian Street artist, social conscious muralist and sometimes art Provocateur, Fintan Magee recently completed the "Escape Artist", his newest piece at the Hougoumont hotel in Fremantle. Spanning over 4000 square feet the mural pays homage to Fremantle's rich past, its port history and the seafarers that helped build it.

 

Fintan Magee's Artist Statement

 

This work is dedicated to six Irish Fenian Prisoners who escaped from the British penal colony of Western Australia.

The prisoners were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and Irish independence movement who were transported to Australia between 1865-1867. On the 17th of April 1876 six fenians escaped onboard the Catalpa, a whaling ship that had been organised as an escape boat by fellow Fenian John Boyle O’Reilly, the prisoners were able to escape to the United States and lived the rest of their lives as free men.

The work depicts 6 flying Geese symbolising each prisoner that escaped, This references the name of the hand written newspaper the prisoners created on their journey to Australia. Irish Fenian rebels often referred to themselves as ‘flying geese’ as it was the name of the Irish Jacobite army that escaped Ireland after the British Victory over the country. The ‘Wild Geese’ continued the fight against the British as units in French Armies.

The work also references Irish cultural notions of life/death and new beginnings, in Irish mythology tear na nogue is a mythical land across the sea, there are stories of gods and humans turning into birds to travel there. This references the afterlife for the Irish and also explores the concept of new beginnings in foreign lands. Something that relates to the experiences and stories of all people who have migrated to Australia to build new lives.

Fintan Magee

 

 

The process of creating the "Escape Artist" 

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