Big Red Hinterland (2007)

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John Webb: Big Red Hinterland (2007)

Big Red Hinterland (2007)
1.42 x 1.04m

Image details:

John Webb: Big Red Hinterland (2007) Detail 1

Hohn Webb: Big Red Hinterland (2007) Detail 2

John Webb: Big Red Hinterland (2007) Detail 3

Big Red Hinterland (2007)
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 Big Red Hinterland (2007)
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Big Red Hinterland (2007)
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The work:

This work is concerned with human settlements teetering on the edge of Australia's big, red expanses of desert.

The red of the Australian desert varies in color from pink to brick red on the sand dunes but by the rivers and playas the sediment color is light grey. The progression of the color from grey to red is due to the release of iron oxide from the sediment when weathered.

Australian context:

The term "Big Red" is often used in Australia in relation to our many deserts, and even to the country itself.

The term also refers to a very large dune (Nappanerica) located in the Munga-Thirri National Park, formerly known as the Simpson Desert National Park. This is the largest national park in Queensland, Australia, 1,495 km west of Brisbane. The park covers an area of more than 10,000 km² in the Simpson Desert surrounding Poeppel Corner west of Birdsville and Bedourie in the Central West region of the state.

'Big Red' is located 35 km west of Birdsville. The dunes started to form 30,000 years ago. Also found in the park are salt lakes and claypans. (Wikipedia)

Big Red

'Big Red' is visible by satellite

 'Big Red' is visible by satellite.
Image from www.about-
 'Big Red'
Photo from www.about-


See also Kelly Theobald's wonderful
collection of iconic photos
from near Birdsville.

They include a breathtaking view of Big Red.

The deserts of Australia
   Deserts of Australia (courtesy enviro-map)