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Sad Sunflowers

Sad Sunflowers

Someone had forgotten to harvest these droopy sunflowers; the sun had forgotten to shine and they’d been standing in heavy rain for several days. No wonder they look so dismal!

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FORT LYTTON MILITARY

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Fort Lytton is an historical military site at the mouth of the Brisbane River. In the 19th century it was thought desirable to protect the Moreton Bay Settlement, later the State of Queensland from unfriendly incursion. Now it is a great place for Sunday picnics and the re-enactment of a military review starring the former Moreton Bay Regiment.

Falling Back to Earth

At the Gallery of Modern Art ( known as GOMA) in Brisbane, Australia is a remarkable current exhibition by the artist CaiGuo-Qiang. He has called it Falling Back to Earth, and he focuses on humanity’s relationship with nature, inspired by the unique landscapes of Queensland and Chinese scholarly paintings.  The exhibition consists of a number of immense installations, two of which feature replicas of animals.

In Heritage 99 animals from around the world gather to drink together from  a single pristine waterhole, blue water surrounded by white sand.   All is peace, and solemnity save for an intermittent drip of water from above that distorts the reflections for a few seconds.  The atmosphere of peace seems to communicate themselves to the children who attend, and they fall quiet.

Heritage contrasts strongly with  another huge and powerful installation Head On 2006.   99 replica wolves hurl themselves into the air in a graceful vertical loop, hit a glass wall and return to the beginning. The artist references the turbulent history of Berlin and its wall. Head On 2006 had a disturbing effect on this viewer. Some wolves appeared to have broken their backs in their fall.

Heritage 2013

Heritage 2013

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Head On 2006

Head On 2006