Artist Christine Andrews has done it again – this time Fish Hoek’s trek fishermen have been captured in vivid detail for her latest mural.
Ms Andrews had barely finished work on a series of murals in Kalk Bay (”Artist creates mural magic in Kalk Bay,“ False Bay Echo, April 28) when she turned her attention to her latest work, which can be found on the outside wall of the public toilets at Fish Hoek Beach.
The mural was officially introduced to the public on Friday June 10.
“It was a lengthy process, but we had the support of the council and the beach manager,“ said Fish Hoek resident Lynn Scott, who spearheaded the mural project. ”The fishermen and Christine were excited, and we kept the ball rolling.”
Ms Andrews said the mural had taken her more than three weeks to complete. “This one is very special; I’m very proud of it,“ she said. ”It’s not just a picture – it has the story and the people in it.“
Ms Andrews said she loved listening to the stories about the fishermen and hearing how much they meant to the community.
Bev Frieslich, from the Rotary Club of Fish Hoek, said Fish Hoek was known for its trek fishermen, and the mural paid tribute to them.
“They’ve been recognised, lauded, and applauded.“
Ward councillor Aimee Kuhl said that after two very hard years, “This mural is a testimony to hope and upliftment.“
Fish Hoek resident Margie Barker praised the mural and said the fishermen were “a real symbol of the community” as well as its eyes and ears. “I’ve been supporting them for 27 years,” she said.
The trek fishermen said the mural meant a lot to them and that they often received support from the community.
Fisherman Hoosain Petersen said, “They cheer for us when we catch fish.” Another fisherman, Elroy Jones, who is seen in the mural holding two fish said, “I am proud of myself,” after seeing the completed painting.