Kangaroo Stop

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Kangaroo Stop 6.2017

Kangaroo Stop was designed in 2014 as land art with a practical purpose.  The challenge was to deter roaming kangaroos and wallabies from nibbling on struggling garden plants – especially at night when they arrive quietly into the house enclosures mainly after the lawn grass but they will chomp and pull at 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 would ideally discourage kangaroos when their noses touched 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. It was hoped in 2014 that these sticks would stay in place rather longer.

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Kangaroo Stop with The Eastern Stroll behind.

And by 2016, so far, so good with the kangaroos and wallabies mostly deterred though no impact at all on grazing a digging rabbits. Wild deer had also started wandering through the gardens, a challenge only to be met by reinforcing our fences.

This happened mid-2017, with removal of the old wooden house fence, and a shiny new wire fence out further, enabling the opening of The Eastern Stroll with the front and back views of Kangaroo Stop as part of the stroll. The sticks are lasting well, happily, looking as clean and colourful in 2017 as they did three years ago.

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Kangaroo Stop 7.2014

 

 

Variations

Andy Goldsworthy – Stick Circle

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Jonna Pohjalainen, 2006 – Colour pencils