Senior Conservator David Wise used UV lights to get a different perspective on Blue poles

Different colour pigments in the paint are highlighted under the UV light

While it was lit by UV, David mapped the entire painting with a digital camera, looking for different paint elements

The resulting image of stitched together details shines a different light on Blue poles

Protective googles had to be worn when dealing with UV lights



The National Gallery of Australia acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples, the traditional custodians of the Canberra region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and country.