Polygonal City 16
Broken Hill road
Inkjet on watercolour paper
70 x 52 centimeters
Visitors entering Broken Hill from the south are presented with the impressive architecture of a mine pithead after travelling for hours through semi-desert country. It is an appropriate introduction because mining was the sole reason for the establishment of the town, and the industry strongly reflects the demographics and physical character, including even the naming of its streets.
The shiny red truck was introduced into the picture not only to fill a compositional void, but also to add a mythological reference to the use of transport in remote places, particularly in cinema. Vehicles figure largely in two of the Mad Max films which were shot in the region, Steven Spielberg's Duel, which features a supernatural truck with the psychopathic intent of murdering a hapless travelling salesman in remote rural America, and the opening sequence of Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter, which opens with a truck roaring through the dawn landscape of a bleak steel town.Photo used as the source for this print