I am an Australian artist who is now retired. I work from home, am on a pension and as a hobby - work for charities.
My webpage is kindly hosted by Sketa Oz; they like me, find great pleasure helping worthy endeavours, causes or charities. It is on this point, I would like to address the obvious need for safety signage, to be placed on the walls down at Bondi Beach.
Not only is Bondi Pavillion an asset, in desperate need of restoration to its former glory, it can be considered an icon of the Art Deco period. Such a Pavillion and its neighbouring seaside, is in regular use by not only locals, but international tourists. Unfortunately, many of the latter, fall victim to the dangerous rifts and rocks in the area.
On occasions, my friends and I have commented on the obvious need for something to be written as a warning, not only in English, but in other languages for those who frequent the area - particularly for those whom can not speak English. The dangers are well known to Australian, English speakers, but what about our visitors who come to holiday?
It would make the world of difference for not only the above mentioned persons, but would assist life guards in the area to complete their jobs with greater ease; it would make our coast lines a whole lot safer. The use of explanatory signs, delivered in a tourists' language; detailing the need for them to swim between the red and yellow flags is so necessary. However, very few tourists recieve this educated advice or warning. It makes sense for our life savers to be assisted and for protection to be offered to incoming tourists, who are visiting the region.
I propose, various country flags with an accompanying explanation, to 'swim between the flags'. Life savers could direct tourists to the sea wall, to read the safety information displayed. This would elliminate the need for translators and tourists could use the beach, with greater safety awareness. Life savers could also carry an A4 water proof folder, much like a clip board, which could be mounted on their sand dune buggies, for easy access.
Additionally, life savers could make a safety video for the likes of Qantas or Virgin Airlines. This water safety message could be shown to travellers in flight or prior to landing, so that the information remains fresh in their minds. I don't remember seeing any such item, being shown to inflight travellers. I believe it is our moral duty to take care of, and protect our non-speaking visitors.
Myself as an artist, I have devised several art installations on this issue that would greatly assist in the understanding and importance of water safety. These can work in tandum with the signage, to prevent the drowning of countless, innocent victims. I am also sure, if you speak to any of the lifesavers, they would agree, this is very necessary and would probably have their own suggestions so as to prevent such tragedies, from occuring in the future.
Respectfully, Ross L Tucker - Artist, Musician & Poet
Electric Light Painting Company