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Exhibitions > underworld by John Jackson 210511



Fassifern Conception





        
Fassifern Conception

A one hour drive south of Brisbane, Queensland there rests a sculptured horizon made up of mountain peaks known as the Scenic Rim. These peaks are made from volcanic magma that gave birth to rocks made from “runny” and ‘sticky” magma. The rocks made from magma intrude rocks made from sand, silt and clay. The area painted lies in the Fassifern Valley and depicts a horizontal slice at about half a kilometer deep.

 

At the bottom are the yellow and orange pebbles representing the sands deposited by a prehistoric river some 160 million years ago.

 

The blue loop is a fossil billabong belonging to the prehistoric river.

 

The green area contains the levee banks and dinosaur tracks can be seen in the mud.

 

The blue-green area at the top represents the flood plain with fossil ferns and trees in the mud.

 

The pink areas with angular crystal shapes are rocks that cooled slowly from “sticky” magmas.

 

The striped yellow shapes are volcanic rocks that cooled rapidly from “sticky” magmas.

 

The blue and green angular crystal shapes are rocks that cooled slowly from “runny” magmas.

 

The green angular crystal shapes surrounded by a shapeless blue green are volcanic rocks that cooled rapidly from “runny” magmas.

 

The white, grey and blue areas with angular crystal shapes are rocks that cooled slowly from “intermediate” magmas (not “sticky” and not “runny”).

 

This artwork was displayed on Channel 7’s “Great South East” TV program.




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