To most people a mine is a ‘hole in a hillside’ that is simultaneously dark, mysterious and dangerous, and a place to be avoided at all costs. The reality is that, if care is taken, the danger can be minimised and the mystery and darkness dispelled. Artists rarely paint the insides of mines, since after all ‘black’ does not have many variations. However, near the mine entrance (or portal) , there is a little more light, and the image below shows what can be seen when looking outwards towards the mine entrance (or portal).
The view in this instance is towards the mine tiphead (where the waste rock is dumped) and shows the tramway (light railway) along-which wagons of waste rock were pushed to be dumped. As can be seen, daylight can only come so far into the mine working, but as it does, the colours of the rock and the surrounding vegetation have a certain charm.
Title: ‘View out towards the adit portal of the Fame and Fortune Low Level; Waiotahi Valley, Thames, New Zealand’.
Media: Acrylic paint on canvas paper
Owner: Artists own collection.
This work is copyright.
‘View out towards the adit portal of the Fame and Fortune Low Level; Waiotahi Valley, Thames, New Zealand’.