Sculptures in the Scrub

On a recent trip into “The Pilliga” in western New South Wales, I decided to stop & have a look at the Sculptures in the Scrub along the ridgeline of Dandry Gorge in Pilliga National Park.

The sculptures are the result of an artist collaborating with local Aboriginal Elders that tells a story of local Aboriginal history and culture in the area. The first sculpture represents the spirits of people that have passed away, the next is of a hunter describing the plants & animals to his child. An iron axe head representing European settlement in the area alongside a stone axe used by Indigenous people.

The “Emu in the Sky” is an important cultural story in indigenous folklore & is represented here in a stone carving. More about this can be seen on a previous post – The Emu in the Sky. The last image is of a mosaic sculpture of the different plants & animals that can be found in the area.

A very interesting place to visit & explore, not something that you would usually see in the middle of nowhere. The walk takes around an hour & is reasonably easy. If you are in the area it is well worth the time to check it out. Best times would be in Spring & Autumn as it can get pretty hot during the summer months.

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