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Aqua Profonda, Fitzroy Swimming Pool Colour Print



'Aqua Profonda' Sign, Fitzroy Swimming Pool colour print.

The ‘sort of’ famous “AQUA PROFONDA’ sign at the Fitzroy Swimming Pool in Melbourne. This c.1954 hand-painted sign is listed on the heritage register for its social and historical significance due to its association with Australia’s post-war migration program. The sign was originally installed as an initiative of the pool manager who was constantly rescuing migrant children from the deep end of the pool.

The sign also achieved iconic status with its appearance in the famous 1977 Helen Garner novel Monkey Grip and the subsequent film.

The feel, colours, detail and composition in this illustration were inspired quite a lot by the work of the brilliant precisionist Australian artist, the late Jeffrey Smart. I tried to imagine how he may have looked at it and possibly approached it, it is also why I decided to add the single, bright red and white lifebuoy to a somewhat plain, pedestrian wall and industrial, static background. He always threw in something obscure, quirky or ironic in his paintings.

Harper and Charlie’s 'Aqua Profonda' sign print at the Fitzroy Swimming Pool in Melbourne is:

  • original in its concept and design
  • printed with the highest commercial grade pigment inks
  • printed on premium grade ILFORD 180gsm matt paper

The distinctive look of Harper and Charlie’s artwork is achieved by using vintage print techniques, such as coarse halftone screens, slipped registration, colour bleed, scuffs and scratches etc. which add to the look and feel of each design. Please note these elements have all been applied to the art on purpose and are not print defects in the final print.

A4 sized prints will be will be supplied carefully packaged in a flat pack for delivery. Larger size prints will be rolled up in a protective layer of brown paper and packaged in a heavy gauge postage tubes.

Please note that all images shown on this site are for illustrative purposes only, frames are not supplied. 

© Harper and Charlie 2018. All rights reserved.

Ownership and copyright of all images and intellectual property remains with Harper and Charlie.



Items will be shipped within 3-5 business days through Australia Post and supplied with a tracking number.


Australia wide shipping costs (orders under $100) flat rate of $10.00 AUD.

International shipping costs (orders under $100) flat rate of $20.00 AUD.


For orders over $100.00 AUD – Express Post within Australia and $15.00 AUD flat rate shipping outside Australia applies.


*International buyers are responsible for any extra custom fees/duties/taxes. Please be aware of your country's import regulations. Items will be shipped after payment is received.

© Harper and Charlie 2019. All rights reserved.

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