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Doorwary to Ludlow Forest

Posted by Andrea Lewis

As she begins the Ephemeral Art installation with FIVE Busselton participants, Nicole Mickle writes:

Nic Mickle (left) beginning costruction of the Ludlow Forest artworkNic Mickle (left) beginning costruction of the Ludlow Forest artwork

"It's so lovely spending time here on the fringes of the Ludlow Forest. Here nestled just past the stunning Vasse Estuary Wetlands on the outskirts of sunny Busselton, we have made our home. We are working here every day from 7.30am to beat the approaching summer heat. Not really feeling it though as we work under the shade of a majestic stand of Eastern Eucalypts. So tall and proud. Their trunks true camouflage, hiding here near Wonnerup House, a homestead settled in the 1930s.

"We first visited this site last month and were struck by its quiet and calm. On our first walk here, we met Dick – an avid birdman taking his weekly stats on bird populations in the area. He spoke of the migrating Rainbow Bee-eater and White-winged Trillers flying down here seasonally from The Kimberley and Pilbara to nest here. We laughed at the connection as thoughts led to our fly-in fly-out men travelling with them from the north and calling Busselton home – going underground for a couple of days, as the Rainbow Bee-eater does burrowing its underground nest, surfacing two days later ready to take on the world again!

"If we are lucky we might just spot a Bee-eater or two! They migrate down here during the first two weeks in November. We have been listening to recordings of their bird-calls online and with keen ears, waiting for their calls here live in the real world. (I hope we don't confuse the local bird community!)

"The girls spoke of finding a place for reflection in this busy world and we think this place is just right. History tells us this area has a troubled past, but we will try our hand at placing something sacred here.

"The talk of 'transition' between work and family led to thoughts of the 'doorway'. The doorway, our interface with home and the outside world. The doorway, symbolic of a meeting point between two spaces. Perhaps two vastly different spaces. A place of change from one environment to another. A place of exchange between two people. A passage and transitional space where we are given the opportunity to commune – with friends, with family, with workmates, with newcomers, with our natural environment.

We are installing a doorway here on the fringes of this Ludlow Forest. A picnic area for all to be enjoyed.

Come and join us!"

Nicole is working at Layman Road Picnic Area, Layman Road, Ludlow Forest.

Comments (1)

Barbara Taylor

Great concept FIFO forest project as we drive in and drive out DIDO to help.

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