The Victorian Bushfires in 2009 have been a tragedy. And the season is not over yet. The mood around Melbourne is sombre – people are affected by the bushfires or they know people who are affected by bushfires. Over the radio, one caller to 774 said she sleeps with the radio under her pillow. At the Clayton campus of Monash University, I saw the flags at half mast in the morning.
In the evening, the smoke from the fires had turned the setting sun orangey red
The five wood sculpted trunks outside the Monash Art Gallery looked strangely surreal like aliens in a dry land.