The shower block at Wategos has been transformed by visiting Berlin artist Danny Gretscher.
Byron Council has commissioned local curator Kelly Reiffer to produce a series of public works on a selection of pump stations in Byron Bay, including the Wategos shower block, Bayshore Drive pump station in the Byron Arts & Industrial Estate, and two stations at the Byron Bay Recreation Ground. The shower block at Wategos, upon which Brett Whiteley spontaneously painted a female nude in the '80s (which was later demolished) is the first in the series.
"I first came across Danny's work on the streets of Berlin almost ten years ago, and his unique style which balances abstract and concrete, conceptual and figurative. I've worked with him since 2010 on shows and walls in Berlin, London and Australia. Danny was born in Jena in the old East Germany, and has lived and worked in Berlin since 2004. One of the most prolific artists working on the street in Berlin in the mid-2000s, Danny now spends most of his time in the studio, most recently between Berlin and Australia", Rieffer says.
Kelly Reiffer is an independent producer/curator/consultant working between the public and private sphere. She is currently setting up a new curation vehicle, Society, aimed at enabling projects by artists & entrepreneurs in Byron and beyond. She previously co-founded Skalitzers Contemporary Art in Berlin in 2009. Operating between Berlin and Australia, Skalitzers represented prominent emerging contemporary artists in gallery exhibitions and public art projects, such as ROA (Belgium), Vhils (Lisbon), L'Atlas (Paris), Cope2 (New York) & Danny Gretscher (Berlin). Her past projects have included clients such as the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust, Marrickville Council, the City of Fremantle, City of Perth, FORM & the European Tech Tour.