Public art is encompasses any form of art you see in a public place, large or small, statues, murals, graffiti, gardens, parks, etc. The art should be visible from streets, sidewalks or outdoor public places.

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I had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #9 Since Cee is taking a mini rest break, and I am going to need some time off for knee surgery in a few weeks, I will be hosting the next couple of Photographing Public Art Challenges. Then she will host several for me. I hope that works for everyone. After visiting each entry I thank you each of you for joining along in our challenge. Here are several posts that really grabbed my attention. They are all worthy of a second or third look.

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Australian Art as Symbolism

Have you heard of someone with a steely grip? This hand carries with it not only the intensity of steel, but a symbolic meaning as well.

Located in the  Dandabah Visitor’s Centre, Bunya Mountains National Park this hand represents the Bunya rainforest reaching out for the sun. Here at the visitor’s center, you feel the power of the sunshine, but deep in the Bunya forest, very little sunshine reaches the forest floor.

Several informational posts which are almost PPACs as well circled the grassy field. One informational drum-shaped sign describes the hunter-gatherers coming to the forests to live and gather the rich resources in the forests. Europeans began arriving in the 1860s and coming to the forest to relax. The National Park celebrated its centennial birthday in 2008.

Another explains the geologic composition of the soil, from its inception as a lava flow hardening into basalt rock, eroded by time into a rich soil pf gullies and gorges replete with forests and grasslands.

A third post tells about the native birds and another some of the other animals you might find in the forest.

For Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share

Thank you all for your kind words about my crazy health month. Grab a cup of coffee and join in Natalie’s Weekend Coffee Share. https://natalietheexplorer.home.blog/2021/08/20/laneway-art-and-recent-reads/

As you remember this is Cee’s regular week hosting PPAC. (She’s even, I’m odd.) Because I have more time inside resting, I’ll also host next week’s PPAC, my regular week. We will let you know on a week to week basis after that. I have surgery scheduled to repair a torn meniscus pickle ball wound on September 14th. I’m so thrilled to be fixable! The down-time is very little, but Cee will be giving me a break during that time.

Meanwhile, my walking has improved – not the speed, just the lack of pain. I walked 4,000 steps yesterday, half with Puppy Girl, and half at Watson Lake with Vince. The monsoons have filled the lake and it is beautiful. Pictures to come later.

My face still light purple from connecting with a sidewalk a month ago is almost healed, so people who see me only think my husband gave me a light whack across the cheek. I bought some walking sticks, BTW. Hoping that will help me avoid this outcome again!

Thanks for joining me again this week. Have a great weekend! Stay safe.


79 responses to “PPAC #10: Symbolic Public Art in Australia”

  1. PPAC: #11 – It’s All About Signage – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] had a marvelous response from all of you on last week’s PPAC #10. Marsha picked out the featured bloggers and says “thank you” to each of you for joining along […]

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  2. Julie Avatar

    The hand looks very strong and determined. It made me think of someone trying to out of the ground (or a rut, metaphorically).

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, or reaching up for a helping hand from a higher power or a drowning person reaching up for a pull out of the water.

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  3. Smile! It increases your face value! – Philosophy Through Photography Avatar

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  4. philosophy through photography Avatar

    Beautiful Sculpture.
    Intelligent sculptor and great ideas!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much. 🙂

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      1. philosophy through photography Avatar

        You are welcome my friend

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  5. #WQWWC 39: Friendship or Intensity – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] PPAC #10 is still open for your entries or just click on the links and travel around the world visiting public art. […]

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  6. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Hey nice lady, Marsha. This post is amazing. All that art! Impressive and Lovely.

    You left a sweet comment on my last post and I’m responding to it here. I believe my baby Buddha is what caught your keen photographer’s
    Eye and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for the invite to post it here.
    https://selmamartin.com/a-gogyohka-composition-on-lullaby-for-tankatuesday-poetry-prompt/

    Thanks dearly. You rock! I’ll be saying a prayer for you concerning your upcoming surgery. Be well. I also wish you miracles.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi Selma. Thanks so much. Yes, I loved your baby Buddha. Glad you enjoyed my post as well. I love this new challenge because it gives a opportunity to showcase photos that I might have missed – like these – in another post. 🙂

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  7. […] Another decorated electrical box. For Marshas-´s and Cee´s PPAC #10. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Adorable is the perfect work, Liz. Thanks for joining in. 🙂

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  8. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    Thank you for the privilege of listing me in your challenge – I am very tickled!

    This is such a powerful sculpture – forceful, disturbing, and so appropriate for the visitor centre of a national park. And from the scale derived from the car parked nearby, it is impressively sized as well.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Powerful, forceful and disturbing describe it well. It photographs well. 🙂 I’m glad I took several angles of it. It’s the first time I’ve used it.

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      1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

        Looks like it’s better to take more shots than we think we might need.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Always, you can always throw them away, but I don’t often enough!

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          1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

            I only do housekeeping when Google Photos says I’m approaching capacity!!!!

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Or you could open up another gmail account and have a million more photos stored in that account.

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          3. Ju-Lyn Avatar

            I’ve opened a new gmail account just for that purpose. I decided to clean up my old one anyway, and to keep using it for a while 🙂

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Now you can use both. I keep family pictures on one, historic pictures on another.

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          5. Ju-Lyn Avatar

            Ah! Organization! Something else to think on …

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            That is SOMETHING ELSE! I’ve been spending lots of time organizing. 🙂

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  9. Cee Neuner Avatar

    Good day Marsha,
    Another wonderful post for this week. I want to thank you for giving me a break this past week. It is truly appreciated.
    https://ceenphotography.com/2021/08/23/ppac-10-potpourri/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. You are welcome. I’ll do # 11 this week and then if you are up to #12, that’s fine, if not, I can do that one as well. Just let me know. Vince and I found some new PPAC this week on one exploratory trip.

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  10. PPAC: #10 – Potpourri – Cee's Photo Challenges Avatar

    […] Here is my entry for Marsha’s, Always Write blog, PPAC #10. […]

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  11. Public-Art(PPAC)-Geelong-Art-3 – WoollyMuses Avatar

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  12. eklastic Avatar

    That hand looks amazing – if a bit scary (without the explanation I would have thought it’s a wight or something coming out of the ground!).
    I’m glad you found my post (thanks to Cee). I was away for the weekend and I had pre-scheduled the post and only added a pingback now.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Elke. No worries. Thanks for sharing. That had is a little scary. I have to look up the meaning. I had forgotten, so I’m glad I did. It was still cool against the sky, but much better with an explanation. 🙂

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  13. Cephalopods – pictures imperfect blog Avatar

    […] Photographing Public Art Challenge #10 […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Cee. Sweet looking mural. 🙂

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  14. Vancouver, USA Summer Spots (Walk #8) | What Rhymes with Stanza? Avatar

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  15. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    I’m enjoying your offerings very much, week after week. This tree hand is magnificent. It expresses the exact anguish that I imagine plants feel and would gladly whack the humanity on the head if they could.

    My father took me to see three angels in his city of birth last Saturday and it was most wonderful, no matter how our family is a non-believing kind. I had never even heard of them before.

    https://manjameximexcessive6.wordpress.com/2021/08/22/ppac-the-three-angels-in-maribor/

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  16. PPAC: The Three Angels in Maribor – An Embarrassment of Riches Avatar

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  17. […] Photographing Public Art […]

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  18. robertawrites235681907 Avatar

    I love that hand, Marsha, it is simply gorgeous.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, I did too. I love the fingers.

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  19. Sofia Alves Avatar
    Sofia Alves

    Beautiful sculpture! Statues in the UK are the blandest I’ve ever seen, so uninspiring, unlike this one.
    Also thank you for the feature!
    Here is mine:
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/ppac-tokyo/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are welcome, Sofia. Now I’m off to see what you have this week. 🙂

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  20. […] Posted for Marsha’s Photographing Public Art Challenge […]

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  21. smkelly8 Avatar

    That had sculpture is unique. Strong, but foreboding somehow.

    Here’s mine: https://nofixedplans55.blogspot.com/2021/08/ppac_20.html.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It is a little foreboding, isn’t it? I think it’s the rope like things going up the trunk, and I think those are supposed to represent the strangler figs. https://alwayswrite.blog/2021/07/31/treesquare-31-trees-in-the-bunya-national-park/ Now I’m off to see what you have for us this week. 🙂

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  22. amoralegria Avatar

    Very cool, Marsha!

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  23. PPAC #10: 3-D at the Library – Wanderlust and Wonderment Avatar

    […] post is my contribution to Cee & Marsha’s Photographing Public Art #10 challenge. Marsha Ingrao is hosting this challenge for the next few […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks so much. It’s a fabulous find. 🙂

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  24. Teresa Avatar

    This is a wonderful post Marsha…powerful indeed. Love the tree trunk hand. It’s great that you were able to go to Queensland during your visit to Australia. Too bad, I haven’t even been. Have a good week my friend!
    Here is mine https://boomercoupletraveljournal.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/barcelonas-public-art/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the link, Teresa. Queensland was where I spent most of my time – 2 weeks. There’s a lot to see. It is huge. 🙂

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      1. Teresa Avatar

        I am not into beaches and tropical settings, maybe when I get older and I can’t bear the cold anymore…I will have the chance to visit Queensland.

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          We didn’t get to many beaches. In Brisbane, there was a fake beach along the river. Very cool. We got stuck in some terrific rains. Anyway, no beaches. I guess I’m going to have to get older too! 🙂

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  25. Barcelona’s Public Art – Boomer Couple Travel Journal Avatar

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  26. the eternal traveller Avatar

    This is such a beautiful sculpture and I always love seeing it. It’s difficult to photograph well and you’ve done a great job Marsha.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for that high praise, Carol. I am discovering photos I didn’t know I had because I can finally get into my original stock of photos. It was hard to read the card on the hand, but I finally made out the name of the sculptors. Then I could move on with Google to fill out some facts. I’m so glad I got so many of the signs, even though they were not perfect, they made a good place to start.

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  27. Toonsarah Avatar

    I’m pleased to hear you have a date scheduled for surgery to sort your knee 🙂 Here’s my contribution to this week’s challenge: https://www.toonsarah-travels.blog/gallery-the-art-nouveau-gems-of-riga/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      OMG, I don’t even have words enough to cover this post. Wow! Thanks for your link and your kind words, Sarah.

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  28. Gallery: the Art Nouveau gems of Riga ~ Travel with me Avatar

    […] this week’s Photographing Public Art challenge I want to share some of my favourites with […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks Cee. I’m sure you will get several. 🙂

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  29. ljcillustration Avatar

    Wow. The hand reminded me of a sculpture which I’m sharing today. No big hands on it as such.
    https://linsdoodles.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/fishermans-friend/

    Thanks for the mention.

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  30. sheetalbravon Avatar

    The steely grip sculpture is not just amazing to look at but I loved its symbolic meaning , reaching for the sun. This is another part of the world I had no clue of and now just a wee bit wiser.
    Also best wishes for a speedy recovery, Marsha. Take care.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Sheetal. I’m ready to be well again. 🙂

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  31. Fisherman’s Friend | Lins Doodles Avatar

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  32. Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog Avatar
    Anne Fraser @theplatinumline.blog

    I am always interested to see public art around the world. Here is my first entry I think it is quite poignant.
    https://theplatinumline.com/2021/08/20/when-shall-we-three-meet-again-photographing-public-art-10/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks for the link and for joining us this week, Anne. Wonderful post. 🙂

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  33. […] is my first entry for the photographing public art challenge run by Marsha and Cee. I am excited to see what other bloggers have […]

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  34. Cee Neuner Avatar

    I bet the lake filled with fresh rainwater was gorgeous. Thanks for pampering me this week. Great photo for this week. 😀 😀

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      It was. I can’t wait to share. You are more than welcome and very deserving.

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  35. Sadje Avatar

    Amazing art! Thanks for sharing.
    So sorry to learn of your fall. I hope you feel better soon my friend. Take care and be extra careful while walking.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thank you for your kind comment. Sadje. I have fallen standing still under a tree. Most embarrassing. My word for the rest of this year is FORTUNATE! My plight could be much worse. The good news is that I have all of you to keep me company as I recover fully. 🙂

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      1. Sadje Avatar

        Take care. My best wishes for you my friend

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Thank you so much, Sadje. Your well wishes help tide me past the pain.

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          1. Sadje Avatar

            ❤️😍

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  36. Natalie Avatar

    Marsha, I like how the hand with arm shaped like a tree trunk and the information posts also look like tree trunks. That must be quite an educational visit. I’m glad to hear your walking has improved. Lack of pain is good. Thank you for the mention. My pingback is above. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I’ll enter it when I get home lab work for surgery.

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  37. […] Remember to click on any image in the gallery to see it in full view and use the arrow to move to the next image. Sharing for #ThursdayDoors and #PPAC10. […]

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      This is such a great post, Natalie. I could hardly wait to get home to my computer to see it on a bigger screen.

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