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Site #272
Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country (Hinchinbrook)

Site #272

David Rowe

'For many years, rural communities have nurtured stories of UFO sightings, contacts and even abductions as part of their personal folklore.'

Site #272 is an installation set against a conservative domestic rural backdrop, where feelings of foreignness and alien intrusions present themselves on a ground zero crop circle inside an actual cane field. Venture into the tall, swaying cane, through the crop circle formations to discover more to the phenomenon where monolithic sculptures reside as discarded, ephemeral, objects from the last UFO landing. Travellers experiencing more regional holiday destinations might pass by and see objects protruding above the tall cane and be bewildered to stop to look closer.

About the Artist

Since 1978, David has produced a vast quantity of work consisting of oil on canvas, and oil on paper, as well as pencil drawings. His works include: domestic and religious abstracts; portraits: landscapes and seascapes; surreal fantasies; and conceptual nature studies. Over the years, David's major commissioned work has included many monolithic murals of stretched canvas sculptures. Site #272 will include some of his largest work yet.

Event Information

Free Event Free Parking Live Event Artist Talk Demonstration Exhibition Site-Specific
Location Details

272 Orient Road, Blackrock. Look for a white sign with red writing.

Venue Accessibility

The whole surface is affected by furrows and land corrugations which makes the cane unstable to tread on. Care will need to be taken whilst navigating the area. Additional points of care include:

  • If area is affected by the rain, please take additional care when entering and treading through the site.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • There are rough surfaces within the field, corrugated furrows. It is advised to avoid walking on those areas.
  • The area can become wet and slippery (e.g. morning dew), please watch where you are walking.
  • There will be a coloured cord to follow the site into and around, navigating people through so no one gets lost.
  • The cane’s corridors will also have a rope around them, ensuring people do not go into unauthorised cane field area.
  • It is suggested people wear the appropriate leg covers to avoid being scratched by any protruding sharp cane leaves and hairy Mary (the prickly hairs on cane stems).
  • It is suggested to wear covered toe shoes.
  • Sunglasses, or any other protective eye gear from exposed sun including wearing sunscreen and a hat is suggested. The site sits in direct sunlight when not overcast.
  • There is no wheelchair accessibility, walking frames, or any other supporting mechanisms.
  • It is prohibited to climb on the sculptures.
  • Animals are prohibited on the property.
  • Please be mindful of small children, it is very easy for them to get lost in the cane field.
  • When parking and driving, be aware this is a rural area. Tractors, haul outs, cane trains and harvesters are operating in this area.
  • It is prohibited to smoke or light a naked flame.
  • Venue has been strategically designed for clear pathways throughout with a focus on minimising clutter.

This is a free and on-going event during the festival

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Acknowlegement of Country

PUNQ respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.

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