Kangaroo Stop


Kangaroo Stop 7.2014

Kangaroo Stop is land art with a practical purpose.  The challenge is to deter roaming kangaroos from nibbling on struggling garden edge plants – especially at night when they come quietly into the house enclosures mainly after the lawn grass but they will chomp and try anything.

This stick and wire art piece is about 30 metres long and replaces ugly netting.The finer sticks, fallen from gum trees, are smooth and lovely, with rhythmic bends narrowing to sharp ends that we hope will discourage kangaroos when their noses touch the points.

The yellow-orange-red paint reflects Australian Aboriginal art colours and textures. The land art form is also influenced by ephemeral Goldsworthy stick art or likewise the stick art of Chris Drury.

KStop2Hopefully these sticks will stay in place longer.

So far, so good with the kangaroos even as the 2014 has withered the late summer green grass. Wild deer have also started wandering through the gardens, a challenge only to be met by reinforcing our fences.

Art and Time Again, this work will deteriorate although it has weathered well for five months now. It will be interesting to see how it changes over the four seasons of a full year.


Andy Goldsworthy – Stick Circle


KStop3Jonna Pohjalainen, 2006 – Colour pencils