From emoji to Pilbara art
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.
The poo emoji termite mound on the North West Coastal Highway.