From emoji to Pil­bara art

Pilbara News - - News - Clarissa Phillips

Not many artists would en­joy their work be­ing called a gi­ant pile of poo, but for wouldbe sculp­tors Amanda and Danny Fitzgerald, that’s ex­actly what they set out to make.

The hus­band-and-wife team have created a gi­ant poo emoji out of a ter­mite mound on the North West Coastal High­way be­tween Fortes­cue and Kar­ratha. Mrs Fitzgerald said she and her hus­band first came up with the idea af­ter driv­ing from Kar­ratha, where they live, to Parabur­doo, where Mr Fitzgerald works, and see­ing the ter­mite mounds that lined the road­side.

“Danny thought they looked like the poo emoji and we won­dered why no one had ac­tu­ally made one out of a ter­mite mound yet,” she said.

“It’s taken us ages to ac­tu­ally get around to do­ing one, but this time, we did it.

“We just got some buck­ets from Kmart and cut out the shapes, then pegged them into a ter­mite mound that was nice and close to the road.

“It was purely for a bit of fun.”

Mrs Fitzgerald, 48, said she hoped no one would be of­fended by their art, and if they were, the pegs and faces were eas­ily re­mov­able. “Who doesn’t use emo­jis nowa­days? Even peo­ple my age, they’re just so re­lat­able,” she said.

The pho­tos of the bush “art” had been shared more than 200 times within six hours of Mrs Fitzgerald post­ing it to Face­book.

She said she’d have no prob­lems with any­one call­ing their mas­ter­piece a gi­ant pile of you know what.

Pic­ture: Amanda Fitzgerald

The poo emoji ter­mite mound on the North West Coastal High­way.

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