Artist Jim Kaucz works Canberra times commissioned monolith piece of Canberra. Photo: Jay Cronan
How do you possibly capture in one image the unique beauty, rich history and idiosyncrasies of Canberra, the national city we are proud to call home?
That's the challenge graphic artist Jim Kaucz faced creating Canberra 100, a visual celebration of 100 years of Canberra commissioned by The Canberra Times to commemorate the city's centenary.
Mr Kaucz has spent months composing, sketching and inking the elaborate illustration, which will be revealed next week.
Drawing on the artist's 25 years living and working in Canberra, Canberra 100 brings intricately together many facets of the landscape and life of the national capital, integrating national institutions with places of local interest, activities, personalities, heritage and nature.
British-born Mr Kaucz, who trained as a town planner, said his pen and ink work paid tribute to the city's development.
When Mr Kaucz lived in Edinburgh, Kuwait and the Pilbara in Western Australia, he was inspired to explore those cities and landscapes through illustration.
''Being a planner, I always like to get to grips with what makes a place tick, how it developed, its main features, the people involved in its development,'' he said.
He moved to Canberra for work in 1987, and it wasn't long before he and his wife decided to settle here for good.
He had long thought about creating one of his signature artworks based on the city, but fate intervened. ''In 2003 we were living in Duffy whilst our house in Yarralumla was being rebuilt,'' Mr Kaucz said.
''We were there at the time of the firestorm and lost almost all of our personal possessions, including examples of my earlier graphic work. Prior to that I had contemplated [a work about] Canberra, but after the fires and the loss of my earlier artwork I lost heart.''
But buoyed by the spirit of the centenary year and an irresistible request from The Canberra Times Mr Kaucz has created Canberra 100.
■ The work will be revealed soon in The Canberra Times and readers will have the opportunity to buy their own signed and framed limited-edition fine-art quality print of this unique celebration of the national city.
The special Canberra centenary souvenir Canberra 100 will be revealed soon in The Canberra Times. Owing to production issues, the specially commissioned illustration will not appear in The Canberra Times on September 21 as reported on Saturday. Keep reading for more details on Canberra 100 and how you can obtain your own limited-edition fine-art quality reproduction of this unique celebration of 100 years of the national capital.