Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Day 10
Walked over the two bridges. Canberra, as the capital of Australia, has many national buildings located here. Most of them are in the middle of the city, around Lake Burley Griffin. On the left of this sketch, on the other side of the Lake, is the War Memorial at the top of the red gravel Anzac Parade, with Mount Ainslie behind. On the right is Old Parliament House with the tall triangular flagpole of New Parliament House rising behind. That flag is the size of a double-decker bus. In the middle is the long-standing but unofficial Aboriginal Tent Embassy with its sacred fire, tents protected from the rain by blue plastic sheeting and the embassy itself, a converted shipping container. To try to persuade the tent embassy to go away, the Government built Reconciliation Place which includes the grey corridor on the left and the bright European Green grass. Needless to say, it doesn't say much about reconciliation and the Tent Embassy will not be tidied away. 5km


Katherine said...

Alison - my sister and her family live in Canberra and it's really educational for me to see some of the things I've heard about!

I did a post about you and the other regular walker sketchers today in my blog and then created a special new blogroll for you all!

Julie Oakley said...

I can see how uncomfortable the Government could be made to feel by the Tent Embassy.
By the way isn't it great that this little core of us are keeping this thing going!