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On The Beach Again, National Gallery, Canberra

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Comments (3)

zarfe on August 28, 2008


Ian Stehbens on September 3, 2008

Thanks for your visit and appreciation, Zarfe.


Ian Stehbens on January 12, 2010

Dear Vuk,

It is a joy to welcome you to my gallery. I want to thank you for your generous visit and for your very affirming comments.

_Images such as this of great artwork are mportant to me for each time I visit a gallery of sculpture garden I learn more about creativity. And I try to create my own art, even when I am photographing the work of others.

In this case, it was from the perspective of my surprise, unexpectedly finding this on the riverbank /lake shore, early one morning. It seemed, I surmised that this had been beached here overnight and that the people had fled or concealed themselves. It seemed that it had served as a vehicle and also as a "walkway" - a boardwalk for asylum seekers to arrive here hoping for a protective welcome, for sanctuary, but they needed to do so under cover of darkness. I imagined my surprise when I went to the river bank, this morning!

And as I photographed the evidence, I sensed I was being watched, but I didn't know where they were concealed. I waited a while.

Kind regards,


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