Sunday, June 17, 2012

More Junk Art and a Fig Tree Spook

More Tsauchab River Junk Art - and the Fig Tree Shower mentioned in that post:


An alert Kudu beside a tree.


A snapshot of the entrance road and Reception area.

Johan has used tons of scrap metal objects and natural things like rocks, dead trees and plants to create an attractive open-air art exhibition.



A fearsome Crocodile grasps an antelope in it's jaws.


Birds of Paradise?


A Scorpion scuttles defensively around it's pedestal.


I wonder what this gaggle of Ostriches are discussing?


Camera 'round the neck and binoculars in hand, visitors on a hike - the smaller figure doesn't look too happy ...


The Fig Tree Shower I mentioned.

The tree is probably a few hundred years old and the centre, where the shower is, is hollow.

The smoke is coming from the "Donkey" - a wood-fired water heater.



When I first went to check-out the shower near Dusk, my peripheral vision told my mind that the mirror inside the tree was a Window ...

... I was startled when I looked at it and saw someone staring at me ... :)


Sadly, I didn't get any good pics of inside the tree and the shower but, this should give you an idea of what it looked like.

There's nothing quite like the sensation of standing in the open under a hot shower with a coolish breeze blowing over your body.


Related Post: Tsauchab River Junk Art

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31 comments:

  1. That is a great post, I love the the animals etc made out of pieces of junk, the 2 birds are really good but they all have their own character.
    Think I would have dropped my soap if I had looked out the window and seen my face looking at me. What an amazing place to have a shower, obviously the water is not hot enough to kill the tree. Keep well Diane

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    1. Thanks Diane - the tree is on the edge of the river bank and the hot water runs into it ...

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  2. So witty! I would have been chuckling as I walked round such an exhibition. The one with th binoculars and the camera - I reckon the smaller figure is a child holding up his arms because he wants to be picked up, and is looking unhappy because he's not getting the attention!

    I looked over your previous post on this subject again and remembered that I had intended to make the comment about the blue bottle. Here in Bristol that shade of blue glass is very familiar, and is known as "Bristol Blue" - there are glass factories where blue glass ornaments of that exact shade are made, and you can watch them doing it, which I love to do. Harveys of Bristol, the sherry manufacturers, use these blue bottles nowadays for their Bristol Cream sherry - and as soon as I saw the bottle, that was what I reckoned it was. Who knows. My partner John likes the colour so much that when we painted a toilet blue he insisted on lining up (empty) Bristol Blue sherry bottles on the windowsill as a decoration (sigh...).
    Lovely post
    Caroline

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    1. hehehe - Thanks Caroline ... it was a chuckle seeing what he'd done with ordinary scrap ...

      Thanks too for the info on the Bristol Blue ... it's such an attractive colour, especially on glass ...

      Glad to hear that the sherry bottles were empty ... it would surely have been in bad taste had they been full ...

      :)

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  3. You can detour here any time. There must be a lot more art to show us. Thanks for the tour.

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    1. Thanks Joanne - yes, I keep on bumping into weird artworks in the most unlikely places ...

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  4. haha..cool sculptures..and amazing tree shower.. we got to see more of you as well :)

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    1. hehe Monica - it's a good thing it was only a small mirror ... :)

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  5. A shower with a difference, my face in the mirror gives me a scare every morning.(After I put my make up on it's not so bad ;¬)) Thanks for the tour.

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    1. hehe thanks Phillip - I know what you mean about early morning sleepy faces ...

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  6. I love all these photos. Such great imagination the artist has! I would love to experience the shower outdoors in the fig tree.

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    1. Thanks Penny - yes indeed ... Johan has a great imagination and a talent for capturing little quirks of his 'subjects' ...

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  7. That's one of the strangest things I have ever heard of. Do you know when it is in use? Flag? I was just thinking if the wind is blowing the wrong way you'll clean up and then smell like smoke.

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    1. Hehe no flag Bill - the camp is private so there's not much chance of anyone barging in - the toilet is even more exposed ... with a grand view of the mountains ...

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  8. Just as I mention all the things you see on your travels, you post something like this!!! Fabulous, is all I can say about it.

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    1. Thanks Inger - and thanks for the mention on your blog ... :)

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  9. Oh I just love those Ostriches....
    your self portrait was cool too!

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    1. Hey thanks Sue :) ... the ostriches were so wiry it was difficult to get a good shot of them - I just loved the way Johan had posed them ...

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  10. What fun art! And the shower inside the tree, sounds amazing!

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    1. Yeah, the shower was a unique experience ... thanks Jeffrey.

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  11. oh my gosh...I live sheltered life! where is this place?! pretty fascinating!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    I would love to visit!

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Annmarie :)

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  12. Yikes! That does look like someone is staring at you. Ha!

    I love all that junk art! What a unique and fun way of recycling.

    And those lithops in your previous post are absolutely amazing! Never, ever have I seen anything like them. Totally mesmerizing!

    Best wishes, Tammy

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    1. Thanks Tammy - I got a bigger fright than I admitted in the post ... :) ... thanks for your visit and comment ... :)

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  13. These are all so amazing, but I think I love the birds the very best :)

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  14. Wow! I just love all of this. The scorpion especially piqued my interest!

    Pearl

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Pearl :)

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  15. Hi Graham .. gosh these pictures are fantastic - just lovely to see .. the creativity here is so original and so clever .. love the 'donkey' .. and that smoke screen .. hot shower and gentle wind flowing around in and out of the tree and surrounds ..

    Such a great set of photos - thank you for sharing .. funny about the spooking ..

    Cheers -just love these reminders of southern Africa .. Hilary

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    1. Thanks Hilary - the houses in the mining town I lived in for many years all had Donkeys - lighting them was a pain sometimes, especially when the rain was bucketing down ...

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  16. Striking a bit of a pose in that mirror!!

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