Seeds of the Future

IGS Deputy Principal Mary Duma, with Head Girl Grace Truman and Head Boy Orlando Read had the pleasure of welcoming IGS architect Di Jones and Mural artist Lloyd Kelemen during the Term 1 break.

“I was honoured to welcome back to IGS, Architect Di Jones and mural artist Lloyd Kelemen, whose creative investments in our School 25 years ago have stood the test of time,” Deputy Principal Mary Duma said.

Mary, joined by Grace and Orlando, sat down with Di and Lloyd to discuss their careers, how they came to be involved in the creation of IGS, the visual and historical elements they included in their work at IGS, and what it means to revisit the School 25 years later.

The IGS mural, titled Seeds of the Future, was a collaborative project by husband and wife team, Lloyd Kelemen and Jenny Crooke.

Lloyd and Jenny developed the project in close consultation with the architectural group Peddle Thorp and Walker Architects, to ensure the work of art complimented the new exterior of the International Grammar School building.

At the time, the IGS community was invited to participate in the creation of the work by making ceramic pieces that were incorporated into the design. A number of IGS students had the opportunity to create pieces of artwork.

Lloyd reflected on how he assembled the mural, tile by tile, on the existing wall that IGS students and members of the public walk by daily.

In 1997, IGS moved into the Kelly Street building, on the historical site of the Dalgety Wool Store. The design of the building and mural reflect the School’s inner-city Sydney location, incorporating the building’s historic façade with modern aesthetics.

We thank Lloyd Keleman for sharing these photos from when the mural was being made.