Friday, August 20, 2010

And Baby makes five

It's not uncommon for celebrities to return to form after an unexpected early retirement, and the beloved Lake George zebras are no exception. The four life-sized sculptures will soon be on display again, but instead of being surrounded by a vast dry lake bed, they will be featured among the famous flower beds of Floriade.
And, if all goes according to plan, they will be welcoming a new addition to their family a zebra foal.

The zebra family had previously enjoyed a blissful few weeks in the picturesque lake bed off the Federal Highway, before being damaged by vandals last month.

"Lake George" is a large basin-crater on the outskirts of Canberra that only fills in heavy rain and is frequently empty in drier climes.

Floriade is the annual flower festival in Canberra that runs for a week with extensive planted flower beds, planted months before hand, in full bloom - espicially bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and jonquils which thrive in Canberra's cold climate country.

Floriade view - go to Floriade link for more information.

The sculptor's display was much appreciated by passing motorists and the travellers rest stop alongside the display was a favourite spot for photographers untils some mutant miscreants vandalised the sculptures, even beheading one of the fibreglass structures.

There was a prior battle between the sculptor and the government over the exhibit (the government ordered them removed) but after an ABC story ABC "Zebra News Story"  the government relented - then the vandals struck.

When they appear at Floriade I'll post more images of the zebras and the flower displays.

1 comment:

Steve Bennett said...

what will happen to them after Floriade?