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Images of Canberra – The fan fence of Belco

By johnboy - 2 November 2006 24

Kerces has found a peculiar fence between Belconnen Mall and Florey. Art or vandalism?

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Images of Canberra – The fan fence of Belco
andy 1:24 pm 02 Nov 06

yea it full bucketed down out at the airport
couldn’t see across the road from our vantage point in the first floor

Thumper 1:01 pm 02 Nov 06



IT’S RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mr Evil 12:51 pm 02 Nov 06

No AD, I don’t believe it was a schooner, but something more like a fishing trawler!

Thumper 12:50 pm 02 Nov 06

Why is this not in the NMA?

Absent Diane 12:46 pm 02 Nov 06

when i squint I can see a schooner

Thumper 12:45 pm 02 Nov 06

I see the brick wall being symbolic of the strength in which the Australian democracy is built upon whilst the fence, made of wood, is symbolic of the fractured and uncertain lifestyle that refugees are fleeing from.

One must also note that whilst one is viewing the work, one can plainly see through the wooden palings, suggesting that refugees have seen through the hypocracy of the government of their previous land.

the tree in the foreground definitely represents a new beginning as it leans at the exact angle of a dying yeti from the Tibetan Book of the dead.

boomacat 12:37 pm 02 Nov 06

You should enter this one in the Turner Prize or equivalent

Mr Evil 12:35 pm 02 Nov 06

AD, that’s a really interesting interpretation, but I feel that you are slightly wrong on two points.

To me the trees are like the shadow of death hanging over the scene waiting to swallow up its victims.

The brick wall represents a solid foundation – as in, while some lives are ending, other lives are just beginning.

(Note how the bricks are joined together like two hot chicks being joined in marriage.)

Thumper 12:19 pm 02 Nov 06

Um, I can see now why you write songs…

Absent Diane 12:17 pm 02 Nov 06

mr evil I would like to point your attention to the background imagery or the sub text if you will.

– the juxtaposition of natural elements and man made elements.

– The trees next to the fence commiserating with their dead fellows the fence pailings…

– The dead trying to reach their natural home in the ground but being obstructed by another man made element – the brick wall.

This tells the deeper story of how man restricts the natural cycle of life and how our constant meddling will only lead to despair and sorrow from which we cannot escape.

Thumper 11:56 am 02 Nov 06

Pure Gold!!!

Mr Evil 11:39 am 02 Nov 06

Yes, an interesting work indeed. Obviously it’s a commentary on the link between the Federal Govt and the death of so many poor innocents on the SIEV-X.

Notice how the palings are flung outwards and upwards like the arms of struggling, drowning people – whilst the colourbond fence stands silently looking on, while not attempting at all to intervene.

A truly beautiful work – filled with pity and angst!

Thumper 11:30 am 02 Nov 06

Old fence palings nailed together and cut into blocks make excellent firewood.

bonfire 11:11 am 02 Nov 06

whats the address – i will need some firewood come march next year.

S4anta 11:06 am 02 Nov 06

I know this place. Colourbond fencing on the other side of the wooden pailings. End result, no-one can see the fence in its state of disrepair, hence no-one giving a fudge.

welocme to totterdell territory

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