This work entertains notions about the macrocosm and microcosm of environment. The arrangement of the work references a television screen. The main theme that surrounds the perimeter of the work is global tectonics. The curving yellow strip which runs down the center of the work is a map of the Main Range. The shape which arcs over this map is a highly stylized volcanic bomb which has been launched out of the volcano that is now Table Top Mountain. Ironically, the bomb traverses at least 18 million years and thence embeds itself in the suburbs of Toowoomba. Below this volcano, a Bush Turkey stands guard over his incubation mound. The right hand section of the work features various diagrams and drawings on the subject of Toowoomba's volcanic past and the erosion of the extinct volcanoes. The small map of Australia marks out the human entry routes into this continent. Above this and to the right is a map showing both the sandy and stony deserts, and the dune orientations 18 000 years ago. Directly above this is a diagram of rising magma by Professor Edwin Willey. Directly above this is a diagram displaying Australia's position in relation to the creation and breakup of the supercontinents over 1900 million years. The map in the bottom left corner is a paleographic map of the rifting of Australia from Antarctica during the early Cretaceous some 110 million years ago. Here we see the development of the paleo-seaways around Antarctica as Australia drifted north. Located far left center is a map of Eastern Australia. The line of the Great Dividing Range is in red. Lava fields are in yellow, central shield volcanoes are in light orange, scattered lava field remnants and other vents are in dark orange. Off the coast the seamounts (seabed volcanoes) are both black and orange. There is a map by Edwin Willey which illustrates the position of the volcanoes of Toowoomba. Located far left top corner is a series of overlayed paleo-geological maps which focus on the following stages in the rifting of Australis from Antarctica: 70 Million Years Ago, 40 Million Years Ago, 30 Million Years Ago and 20 Million Years Ago. To the right of this are maps of Toowoomba, a scanned fern, an illustration of a fern and a painting by Gillian Scott of the Silky Oak tree. The far bottom right corner features 5 maps of the globe. Moving from left to right, the first depicts the globe of the late Triassic, the second is the mid-Jurassic, the third is the late-Jurassic, the fourth is the early Cretaceous and the fifth is the late Cretaceous. To the left of these maps are two examples of magma spreading motions according to the theory of plate tectonics. To the left of these examples is an image of Ned Kelly. In our country there has always been a market for products that mythologize the history of White Australia; this includes the artist's product. To the left of Ned, as an iconic 'gravy train', is a series of Gillian Scott's vines. The Remnant Rainforest at the Boyce Gardens is a vine forest. One of Gillian's contributions during our Residency was to draw the vines.
Acknowledgements: The Land Beyond Time (author unknown), Maps provided by Dr Mary Playford of the Queensland Museum from Volcanic Earth by Lin Sutherland, The Geology of Australia by David Johnson, On the trail of the Dinosaurs by Dr M.J.Benton. Other maps provided by Dr Mary Playford of the Queensland Museum and Professor Edwin Willey.