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Old 27th February 2012
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Long Paddock Sculpture

On our recent river trip we came across this sculpture.

The Long Paddock refers to the section of unfenced land alongside the roads where years ago the stockmen would let their cattle graze as they moved them from location to location.
Today the 600kms along the Cobb highway is referred to as "The Long Paddock" and several sculptures have been erected on the way.
This one depicts a stockman trying to get his horse out of a swamp and was inspired by the stories of the difficulties confronting overlanders(drovers) as they brought large mobs of sheep and cattle through this area.
The wetlands in the forests were notoriously difficult to cross, particularly when the rivers were in flood, and several stockmen died in this area.

I found this sculpture most moving.

Artist: Corey Thomas.

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Re: Long Paddock Sculpture

Lovely image, especially with the long grass/sedge emphasizing the drama - nicely exposed too. Shame about the wall.

David
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Re: Long Paddock Sculpture

It's quite dynamic, you get a sense of a struggle to get out. Nice shot.
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Re: Long Paddock Sculpture

As you say, Lyn, most poignant and well taken. Quite a modern slant to the commemoration of a piece of history.

As David has mentioned, the grasses add to the authenticity.

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Old 28th February 2012
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Re: Long Paddock Sculpture

Thanks David, Dan & Ann1e,
Pity about that wall - must be a graffiti target I would think!
But the sculpture was worth it in the end.
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