ART25107

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ID number ART25107
Title Bridge work, Burma-Thailand railway
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Griffin, Murray
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1946
Medium pen and brush and brown ink, pencil, white gouache on paper
Measurement overall: 51.4 x 35.6 cm [irreg.]

Description

Prisoners building a bridge on the Burma-Thailand railway. Although Griffin volunteered to work on the Burma-Thailand railway, he gave up his spot for a fellow prisoner and remained in Changi. He created this series based on survivors' testimony. With his use of light and shade, Griffin encapsulates the feeling of hell and despair.