Sunday, July 17, 2011

Musical stock grid in Mitchell, outback Australia

Work continues on Mitchell's musical stock grid, located on the banks of the Maranoa River. This past week has seen the addition of steel posts arranged in circles to create a maze-like arrangement around the drum and musical grid.

Last month, cattle stations in the semi-arid country surrounding Mitchell were invited to contribute their own entrance gates, which will form part of the maze. Bonus Downs and Hillyview gates are already in place and look great, with historic touches such as a cow bell, horse shoes, hand shears and an axe head.

Late this afternoon, as Major and I walked along the river, a young boy was playing the grid, creating pleasing music that drifted down into the riverbed. He finished off with a haunting drumbeat.

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