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Under the apple tree

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November 2008, no. 306

Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826 by Geoffrey Bolton

UWAP, $34.95 pb, 270 pp

Under the apple tree

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November 2008, no. 306

Scattered across Lake Ballard, a vast salt lake north of Kalgoorlie, are fifty-one androgynous abstracted cast-iron alloy figures created by British artist Antony Gormley in 2002, all based on scans of the inhabitants of a tiny goldfields settlement. Gormley described his figures as ‘strangers in a strange land’. It is not too wild a stretch of the imagination to see them as explorers or prospectors driven by powerful dreams to wander endlessly across a shimmering landscape. One of these figures provides an evocative cover image for Land of Vision and Mirage.

Jenny Gregory reviews ‘Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826’ by Geoffrey Bolton

Land of Vision and Mirage: Western Australia since 1826

by Geoffrey Bolton

UWAP, $34.95 pb, 270 pp

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