Water tank mural in Emu Point given new life after local artist recreates original work by her first art teacher

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Artist Lois Drygan is repainting the water tank at Emu Point sport complex
Camera IconArtist Lois Drygan is repainting the water tank at Emu Point sport complex Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

A water tank in Emu Point has been brought back to life this week by the understudy of the artist who painted it in the 1980s.

More than 30 years after the tank at the Emu Point Sporting Club was originally painted, life member Ron Adams commissioned Lois Drygan to recreate the original work which features a family of emus.

The original painting was led by Eileen Hodgson in 1989, who was Ms Drygan’s first art teacher before she went on to teach art herself for 40 years.

Two other local painters worked with Ms Hodgson, Joan Wright and Laurel King. Ms King will be visiting the tank today to see the updated version.

Mr Adams said the public art had been a colourful feature of the community for the past three decades and he was glad it would be there for the next three.

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“The tank had got to the point where it had faded and needed regenerating, so I was in the position to ask around for an artist and everyone said Lois was very good,” he said.

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