I was surfing at Bondi one day not too long after Bali and I thought, wouldn't it be nice if I could get a little painting of Chloe on the wall near the third ramp where I always park my car and where all the longboarders surf. I called the council and they gave me this chap’s phone number.
His name was Steve Ziergo, (Droogie) is his nick name, the artist at the Ways youth centre.
How do you do, my name is Dave. He said, I know who you are, your Chloe’s dad, I had a dream and in this dream I was asked to paint a portrait of Chloe. He said I’ve got it! I’ve got this, It’s not what you want, it has to be big.
All I said was hello. So I said, start again mate!
He said I had a dream about this, I dreamt about this phone call. I said you are kidding me and he said no.
We went down to the beach to the wall next to the third ramp, he said “I’ve got this spot up here, it is two slabs of wall, they are mine. The council gave it to me to paint and i’m going to do something really nice for you”.. And he did, he put this lovely mural and its been there for over 15 years now. It’s the most photographed part of the wall on the beach.