Foreshore Monument is the result of bringing together two disparate locations. I had become intrigued by the pictorial possibilities of a pile of concrete, left after a demolition, near where I live. I knew I wanted to paint it but its real world setting on main road was uninspiring.
Around the same time, the redevelopment of the St Kilda foreshore was in progress and I came upon a pile of earth pushed up by a bulldozer. Suddenly I had the basis for my painting. I replaced the earth with my concrete, exaggerating the scale, and tried for a late afternoon light and a stormy atmosphere.
The painting is my interpretation of a classic romantic theme- something like an update of Casper David Friedrich.