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Monday, 1 December 2008

Lake Ballard Statues

Lake Ballard, a salt lake near Menzies, 800 kms northeast of Perth, is the site for a strange art exhibit called "Inside Australia".

The statues are very spaced out, and far apart!

It comprises 51 abstract black steel figures scattered over 10 square kilometres of the lake, approximately 55km west from the town. The exhibition was commissioned from British artist, Antony Gormley, to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Perth International Arts Festival in 2003. The 51 sculptures are supposedly derived from laser scans of the inhabitants of Menzies, although the likenesses are a bit difficult to comprehend.

Yes, I can just see the likeness.

The statues are several hundred meters apart and we only got around to about 12 of them. It's a bit tedious, sloshing around the soft surface of the lake in the hot sun, and after a while they all start looking the same.

We were not the only visitors to the salt lake, even Kangaroos apparently visit the statues. We wondered what motivated them to cross such a wide expanse of salt. Most of the statues are of women or girls, but a few are male. See what you think.

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