Explain This #3


Outback travel almost predictably produces the unexpected. Here’s a scene that needs some explanation. Can you either tell us the real story, or else let your imagination loose and provide an alternative story?



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Writing about the things that interest me helps me to discover what I think. One of my loves is the Australian Outback, and I travel out there often, and when possible take friends with me.
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2 Responses to Explain This #3

  1. Anne says:

    Oh dear, C3PO has starved to death in the desert, holding his and R2D2’s baby!

  2. dazzlerplus says:

    Well, Anne, out of all the explanations received, yours was easily the best — congratulations!

    The structures shown in the picture are at Alberrie Creek, about 50 km west of Marree on the Oodnadatta Track. About 15 years ago, there was a group of protesters living nearby, who would stop passing motorists and explain their concerns about the uranium mining at Roxby Downs and Olympic Dam (some 120 km to the south) and the related depletion of the artesian basin. One of their slogans was “Mutate now and avoid the rush”.

    After the protest shut down, an artist called Robin “Mutoid” Cooke started the “Mutonia Sculpture Park”, creating a whole range of outdoor sculptures, all built from scrap materials. They are eye-catching, and in some cases tending to the obscure. Apart from the creations shown in the picture, there are many others including The Big Dog, Plane Henge, the Ghan Hover Bus, and the Spinning Car.

    Not to be missed if you’re driving the Oodnadatta Track.

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