|Tree of Knowledge, Barcaldine Queensland|
Is it just OZ where a replacement tree would be considered a viable option? Maybe, maybe not. But we're not talking a simple replanting. That'd be too easy. We're talking rebuilding!
So when news broke that the tree would be replaced by a virtual monument – an homage to the original Tree of Knowledge – I was sceptical.
Could a virtual tree memorial be built that actually at least equalled the real thing? Because if it DIDN'T, what would be the point??
|Roses and Things - Afternoon Tea|
You've probably figured by now that this Tree of Knowledge isn't the Garden of Eden original. Although the nearby Roses and Things garden and tea rooms closely approximates how I'd imagined the legendary garden, downtown Barcaldine isn't quite the same thing! Despite it being known as 'Garden City of the West' ...
|Exterior - Tree of Knowledge, Barcaldine|
Well ... Barcaldine is WAAAY more than just an edenesque Rose Garden and killer bakery! It's arguably the only place in Australia – if not the world! - with a combination heritage walk/pub crawl based around the 5 historic pubs in the main street!!
But I digress …
|One of Barcaldine's 5 main street pubs!|
Or was it?
|Under the Canopy - Tree of Knowledge, Barcaldine|
This stunning tribute actually betters (in my opinion!) the original icon it commemorates.
But perhaps that's partly because it provides a unique photographic experience in that it's almost impossible to take a poor shot!!
|Under the Canopy - Detail|
So, maybe another icon will be unveiled at the 'Tree of Knowledge' festival in another hundred years or so!! Watch this space ...
* Well done, Brian Hooper and m3architecture!
cliché shots, I leave you with this superb windmill just outside the Barcaldine Visitor Information Centre! You're welcome ...
|Windmill, Barcaldine, Queensland|