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PPAC #10: Symbolic Public Art in Australia

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.

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.

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  1. 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.

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


    • 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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  2. 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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    • 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.


  3. 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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    • 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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  4. 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.


        • 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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    • 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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