‘Tom Bass: an enduring legacy.’ A photography exhibition by Peter Miller. Opening 21 Oct 6pm.

We’re excited to invite you to a special event on Friday 21 October from 6pm, an evening celebrating our founder Tom Bass and what would have been his centenary year, through photography and film!

Tom Bass: an enduring legacy. A photography exhibition by Peter Miller.

Peter Miller is a Sydney-based architectural photographer. He is passionate about creating images that capture the beauty found in the urban and industrial landscape.

Hidden in plain sight Tom Bass’ works are like subliminal advertisements from an earlier period promoting communal and spiritual ideals.

At first I was drawn to the unmistakable 1950’s / ‘60’s look of Amicus Certus – a bas relief on the AMP building at Circular Quay. The full motto of the Australian Mutual Provident Society is “amicus certus in re incerta” which means “a sure friend in an uncertain event”. The central figure represents the Goddess of Plenty who watches over the family figures represented by a mother, father and child. A sculpture from the totem-maker full of meaning and yet usually uncomprehended by the busy office workers.

As I started to open my eyes and investigate further I realised I passed by at least four of Tom’s work each day. Two of these (Amicus Certus and the P&O fountain) were on busy thoroughfares while the other two (ICI and AGC sculptures) were moved to out of the way locations after out-living the original buildings they were installed on. It is perhaps appropriate that Tom’s work, like the ideas they embody, have a longer life than the bricks and mortar to which they were originally affixed.

Once I started photographing Tom’s sculptures a large yet achievable quest was started, one which can bring 21st century digital technology and techniques to help capture and interpret these works from a different time.

On the same evening at 7:30pm a new short documentary film titled Who is Tom Bass? will be screened. More info on the film here.

Both events will be held at TBSSS, 1A Clara St, Erskineville. These are free events, but please RSVP to admin@tbsss.org.au

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