Ford Motor Company Staff Cafeteria Homebush 1986
Art in Working Life, Community Mural Project
Artists David Humphries, Rodney Monk, Ashley Taylor
Organised by Trades & Labour Council
The mural was designed to visually open out the cafeteria space by painting a view of a terrace through sliding glass
doors. The painting gave the illusion of extending the cafeteria activities outside.
The interaction with the staff led to the creation of a whimsical
fantasy outside the window with a mixture of folk heroes and workers antics adding to the performance.
Photographs of actual staff were used as reference and reflected the changing nature of the work
force. The artists observations of the multi ethnic make up of the workforce are expressed in many levels of detail, for example the pie warmers are nowadays stacked with rice steamers.