The Game That Made Australia painting
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THE GAME that Made Australia painting was unveiled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 150th anniversary of the first recorded Australian football match today, Thursday, August 7.
Designed and painted by Melbourne artist and former Fitzroy footballer Jamie Cooper, the 5 x 2.5 metre painting depicts Australian football’s great moments through 15 decades, in every state and territory and at every level.
AFL Chief Operating Officer Gillon McLachlan said the painting would be a lasting reminder of the 150 Years celebration.
“The Game that Made Australia painting was designed to create a pictorial record of Australian football and how it has influenced Australian life. It does so spectacularly.
“The collection of images not only recognises key moments in our history, it manages to connect everyone involved in football with families and volunteers all depicted.
“All supporters of Australian football will be able to enjoy the painting,” Mr McLachlan said.
Jamie was commissioned to create the painting by the AFL in November 2007. He met with the AFL over a three-month period to ensure the game’s history and culture were represented in the image. Painting commenced in February and took six months to complete.
Scenes include the first match between Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar in Yarra Park, Geelong’s Corio Oval and an oval in central Australia.
Great marks by Alex Jesaulenko, Warwick Capper and Gary Ablett Snr are focal points.
State champions John Gerovich, Merv McIntosh and Graham Cornes are also featured.
Administrators, women, umpires, players at the grassroots, timekeepers and media are some of the themes included.
The Game that Made Australia painting will be on display in the foyer of AFL House.