The Geelong Baths Swimming Club Bollards - Geelong Waterfront Esplanade raaen99

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These four brightly painted bollards near Geelong's famous Victorian carousel represent a Victorian and Edwardian Geelong staple: the Geelong Baths Swimming Club. The club had a lot of fun in the bay, and were well known for their coloured bathing caps and the initials of the club on their natty bathing costumes. They participated in early Geelong regattas, helping to make it a very carnival like affair, with their duck hunting, greasy pole climbing competitions, bun eating contests and tub races. Artist Jan Mitchell was commissioned by the City of Greater Geelong in 1995 to transform reclaimed timber pier pylons into works of art. What was created became far more iconic than the commissioners hoped for, and they are the most photographed attraction in the Geelong district. There are more than one hundred of these huge painted icons guiding visitors along the foreshore walking and cycling track from Rippleside Park, through the Waterfront Esplanade of Geelong, along Eastern Beach to Limeburners Point and finally to the Geelong Botanic Gardens. They represent a fascinating and fun chronicle of the city's past, focusing on some of the unique characters who played a part.I spent a delightful, if rainy, Saturday with the Famous Flickr Five+ Group along the Geelong Waterfront where we walked from central Geelong Esplanade to the Art Deco Eastern Beach.Geelong is a city southwest of Melbourne, Australia. Lining its bay, The Waterfront Esplanade has a Nineteenth Century American carousel, a curved art deco boardwalk and sea bath at Eastern Beach, and scattered along the waterfront are more than one hundred bollards painted as colourful sculptures chronicling city history by artist Jan Mitchell. The Geelong Botanic Gardens lie at the eastern end of the bay. The central National Wool Museum hosts changing exhibitions, concerts and entertainments.
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