Overlooking Shelly Beach in Port Macquarie sits the iconic Harry’s Lookout. The site is known for its picturesque view and for the man whom it is named after. From 1959, until his death in 2000, Harry Thompson was the unofficial caretaker, a citizen of the year and later appointed Mayor of Shelly Beach. While on Residence with the Glasshouse Port Macquarie, Todd Fuller reimagined this iconic local story in a hand drawn animation.
Harry and his wife arrived in a caravan they purchased after winning the lottery. Getting bogged on the beach, that van would become their family home. Many locals remember Harry for his eccentricities, keeping the beach safe and clean, as well as disagreements with local authorities, while holidaymakers remember his festive installations such as the ‘thong tree’ for lost possessions. Fuller’s animation is a vehicle for those memories, drawn and painted by hand, it traces Harry’s story.