Lake Ballard - Art On The Salt Lake.

Trip Start Feb 22, 2004
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Trip End Dec 17, 2004


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Tuesday, February 24, 2004

The next day we pushed further north to the vast salt lake, west of Menzies, Lake Ballard. The previous story is very strange but this one is nearly better. In 2003 the internationally known artist Antony Gormley was commissioned as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Perth Arts Festival to produce the statues, then situate them in Lake Ballard. The figures were fine as far as art goes, but the location is somewhat odd as far as attracting art lovers!!. There are 51 statues in total, placed over an area of 10 square kilometers, and produced by taking laser scans of volunteers, from the nearby (55 km away) outback town of Menzies. This is a very isolated and unforgiving location, so if visiting bring plenty of water, sun protection and allow a lot of time if you plan to visit them all. Old shoes would also be useful as the lake surface can be quite mushy.
The lake also lays claim to another unusual event. When the lake fills, which has apparently only happened twice this century, shrimp appear in the water. This brings a host of migratory sea birds who nest at the lake, now here is the rub, no one has located another nesting site for these birds!!, so do they only nest every 50 years or so? Nah!!  
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