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016: Loch Eel Monster

27cm (W) x 17cm (H)
Artist Oils on Canvas Oil Paper
$ 90.00

Susan Bray Art
This is the Original Artists Oil Painting

Oil Study No 16 - Project 100

I have driven past this Lochness Monster sculpture many times and often pondered it’s origins, so I did some research.

This creation is located in the shallows of Lake Bumbunga on the edge of Lochiel in the Clare Valley in SA.
It was built in 1972 by a local man, Gary Taylor and his friends, using rubber tyres and was humorously named ‘Loch Eel’.
The Scottish link was due to the town being named in 1869 to represent the Scottish Chiefs of Clan Cameron, after early pioneer Hugh Cameron.
Salt was harvested from the lake between 1881 and 1996.
The carotenoid red pigments secreted by Halobacteria and d. salina are responsible for the pink hues. The less water there is, the more saturated the magenta colour.
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Susan Bray