Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The Art Of Banking

Aboriginal Paintings Are Larger Than Life

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Yes, this is Aboriginal art. And yes, this is a real street scene in Melbourne, not a mock-up in an art gallery!

These two ATMs ("flexi-tellers" or "flexis" as we call them in Melbourne) are part of a major project by National Australia Bank to highlight artwork by Aboriginal women of the Titjikala Arts Centre in the Simpson Desert.

Beside each of the ATMs is a plaque with the name of each artwork and the name of the artist. I shot this last Friday (22nd May 2009) during my lunch break.

I wanted a human figure in the frame, simply to emphasise that my composition embraced more than static artwork. Normally, there are about half a dozen people waiting to use the two machines, but as luck would have it, there was only a solitary person, despite Friday being the busiest day of the week. I shot this tight frame very quickly – and was extremely lucky that no one else walked into the frame from either direction.


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32 comments:

Mojo said...

I was somehow putting this post together with the one about the parrot and for some reason the word "nab" did NOT make it into my brain as an acronym but a verb. Clearly I'm insufficiently caffeinated this morning.

lakeviewer said...

Kudos to the artists, and kudos to you for showing them off and informing the world. Now, that's a public service, for sure.

Shadow said...

what a nice idea to promote art.

Sylvia K said...

What a terrific post! What a great way to display such marvelous art work and I agree with lakeviewer -- kudos to the artists and to you!
Have a great week in your world!

Daryl said...

I like these patterns/designs .. our ATMs are pretty dull .. no interesting art work at all ..

Artist Unplugged said...

What an interesting idea, to display the art in that manner. Thanks for taking that photo and informing us about it. Those ATMs are busiest everywhere on Fridays I guess, they are here too!

Craig Glenn said...

Love the artwork, very nice shot David.

Craig Glenn

Sandy said...

I love that wall on the right!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What a wonderful concept!!! Art around teller machines!!! Love it! And thanks for showing us with your terrific sense of what makes for interesting copy and photos!!!! Great shots, as usual! ~Janine

Brian Miller said...

what a cool way to expose people to the art and culture.

Ananda girl said...

What a wonderful idea! Both would make wonderful fabric pattens too.

I love the way you framed this. Very cool beans, David!

Nessa said...

Very pretty ATM's. Ours are not. I'm jealous.

Seamus said...

I love the change from the mundane to spectacular with the addition of the art.

Cheffie-Mom said...

What a unique way to display art, and how cool for the artists!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

David, are you out of town? I noticed that there was no Sunday Roast this week...missed it :-( Perhaps, you are on vacation, and have pre-scheduled your usual verse and anecdotal posts? I hope all is well for you, and trust that you know you are in my thoughts...and that I pray all is well for you, Mrs. Authorblog, and the authorblogettes. Cheers! ~Janine

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Oh, I'm so glad all is well! Hope your long weekend was wonderfully refreshing!!!! God bless you and yours! ~Janine

SandyCarlson said...

Good on the bank for making that happen. How cool to put the art right in front of people.

Nab....bank nab....That is funny to me.

maryt/theteach said...

Nice work, David! How interesting to decorate ordinary street things with art! Lovely! :)

Guy D said...

I love how they incorporated it into the ATM's, looks great.

Have a fantastic week
Guy
Regina In Pictures

subtorp77 said...

Very clever. Let all see! I fancy the work on the right :) And splendid snaps, David!

susieofarabia said...

This is a great way of showcasing artwork! The aboriginal art is so ethnic - it's superb! Great post, Dave!

mountain.mama said...

So much more interesting than any ATM I've ever seen before!

Catherine said...

I love this idea of making art much more public and accessible to all on a everyday basis...great shots!!

Nan said...

"Nab" seems like a strange acronym for a bank, methinks. Especially right above the machines like that! Great art though, I love to use aboriginal art for desktops and so on.

♥ bfs~"Mimi" ♥ said...

I love their art. Always have. I'm so happy to see this in such a public place, so beautifully displayed.

Wren said...

Much more interesting than the usual sterile and institutional decor. It strikes me as a win-win: the art and artists gain exposure, and the bank draws attention to its services and sets itself apart from the competition.

Postcards and Coasters said...

I think it's great that they are using local Australian artist. It's beautiful and a great idea for a picture.

One of the things I thought was interesting while visiting Sydney was all of the different types of pre-made sandwiches they make in your convenient stores. And they were really good!

Kathleen said...

Fantastic idea! I adore art in public places. Well, actually, I simply adore art.

Arija said...

What will they think of next? As though general advertining,sinage grafitti and murals as well as all the pushing of multi-coloured goods in shop fronts were not enough, now even the little bit of once blank space around the money laundering device claims our attention. Is there nowhere the eyes can have a rest?

immersion said...

This is fabulous! The idea of merging a bank machine with art, the art itself, recognition of the artists. Fabulous.

Also, I wonder if it crossed any minds that you were taking a picture of the pin numbers? =) We've had problems with high-tech theft at machines here.

Karen said...

Much more interesting than the ATMs here !!

Very cool ...and as others have said...good on the artists and you for helping promote them..

amanda said...

You would never see anything this colorful at a bank here in America cold and common is the way to do it!Your bank window is so much nicer!