From a distance, as you travel along the Oodnadatta Track
your eyes catch a glimpse of something unusual on the horizon. They look like
crosses from a distance, but as you drive closer, the vista becomes clearer and
then you are here, at a truly modern day outdoor ark gallery... the
Mutonia Sculpture Park.
This must stop and experience destination, allows the traveller and visitors
to interact with these bigger than life pieces of art. From your entry through
'Kombi Gate' (a classic symbol of outback travel over the years), there is
'Plane Henge', who with the help of about 50 people and a cheer leader (the
person with the loudest voice), were raised to their current position.
Plane Henge was followed by Dream Catcher, Spinning Car and Time Tree and
other pieces. On the horizon you can see the 'Dingo'. The original concept was
'Dottie the Dingo', but since then the locals have dubbed it the 'Big Dog'. The
dogs body is an old water tank from the days of the steam train, and its head is
the classic Chrysler.
Alberrie Creek, once an railway siding for the Old Ghan line, this place
would have disappeared off the map, if it wasn't for the wonderful talent of
Robin 'Mutoid' Cooke, a former mechanic from Victoria. Each year he makes the
trek out to the park to create another work of art from recycled material. In
his own words, 'once there is no more waste he will be out of a job.
Check out the YouTube video interview from the South Australian ABC
Television Stateline link at the bottom of this page.
More information about
Alberrie Creek and the many locations along the route.