Thursday, 11 August 2011

In the pink

The Olive Pink Botanic Garden in Alice Springs is a peaceful place, nicely designed. The plants are labelled and there are interpretive signs so the self-guided walks are interesting. And we climbed the little hill to get a good view over the town as well as the garden.

It's also a good spot for a spot of birdwatching. A Western Bowerbird scratched around in the mulch and the Grey-crowned Babblers appeared as well. There are several art installations in the garden and one of them is activated by pushing a button to start water flowing through the pipes and nozzles. So we pushed the button, the fountain started ... and the babblers arrived immediately to have a shower. They know a good thing when they hear it!

Steve Anderson's sculpture is called 'Rex Reticulous' and made out of recycled irrigation pipes and drippers, wire and hose fittings. In 2008 it won the Peoples' Choice Award at a kinetic sculpture exhibition in the gardens.

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