And why wouldn’t you? Australia is famous for all of it’s Big Things. There’s The Big Merino in Goldburn, NSW, The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and The Big Pineapple in Woombye, Queensland, to only name a few. So it is only logical that an artist would come up with the idea for Woodenbong, New South Wales!
So where is this Woodenboong, NSW and how did it get it’s name?
Woodenbong is a tiny service centre near the New South Wales-Queensland border. It is 808 km north of Sydney and 141 km from Brisbane. Today it is a rural district with local agriculture focused on dairying, timber, cattle, potatoes, maize and grazing.
No one is sure what Woodenbong means. The Anthropological Society of Australasia claims it means “lagoon” in the local Bundjalung language but other sources claim that it may be derived from Bundjalung ‘noyamboon’ for platypus or from ‘Nguthunbung’ the name for an Aboriginal ancestral being. Still others claim it means wood ducks on water.
Read the article and see video footage of the artist here:
Artist building gigantic wooden bong IRL, for Woodenbong NSW – Drive – triple j
Read the full article from ABC here:
Artist carves out plan for big wooden bong for the town of Woodenbong
Feature image by: ABC North Coast: Samantha Turnbull
What do you think about this BIG thing?