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This is shortly after the R355 split off from the R46. There is about 300kms to drive on this gravel road, before reaching the next habitable town; Calvinia. I am going to the Tankwa Karoo National Park, which is almost halfway to Calvinia. This is a part of the country that tends to be dry, even in good years. At the time of my visit they have had the worst drought in written history. The temperature at the time I took this picture was 42°C and climbing.


The what and why of this building beats me. No windows or doors and I am not tall enough to look over the wall to see if there is a roof. Since this is off the beaten track, it beats me even more, why people would travel all the way to paint it with grafitti. 



comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Aug 2019, 01:37
The title is even more confronting than the wall, Louis.
Louis: That is what I wonder - why would someone come and write that on a wall, absolutely in the middle of nowhere.
Once again - so very Arizona like... Maybe it's a nuclear bunker?
Louis: Heh, you think we make art of destruction smile No, best leave nuclear devices to the countries that can afford them. Actually, they should also not have them.
Elizabeth said it, we see lots of very remote buildings with graffiti on them, in fact its unusual if they don't!
Louis: People are strange. They have time and a little money on their hands, then they drive miles to paint some words that have no context and meaning in the area where it is done.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Aug 2019, 06:32
Isn't the world often a curious place Louis, with so many questions that need answering

Nice shot, but what this structure is for, and who would go out there to graffiti it with is odd slogan is intriguing..
Louis: Indeed, Chris. The nearest university (drunk students would explain the phenomenon) is 200kms away and students are too lazy to travel the distance.
One does have to wonder, Louis, but with the reference to meat/hotdogs, one imagines this to be a billboard for what is down the road another 100 km? But 42°C and climbing, I'm afraid, is way too hot for me.
Louis: 100 km down the road is the Tankwa Lodge (with some imagination it is a roadhouse), but they have their own signs.
On trouve des graffitis partout même dans les endroits les plus inattendus.
Louis: C'est la vérité, Martine.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Aug 2019, 08:08
Too bad that "streetview" of google maps does not go far on the R355.

One does wonder, but then I think there is a whole different life after dark than we know and maybe even on brought daylight when we are not around....
Great picture... safe travels.... man alive 300km, when I drive that in Hollandshire I fall off the map....
Louis: Well, at least you saw it is desolate countryside. Since there is no electricity here at this building, the writers will hardly be able to see at night. One of my points is that writing such rubbish in the land of nowhere, will take hours. To travel there also will take time. There must be people around who are bored out of their skulls.
At least the graffiti artists were unlikely to be disturbed whilst they worked Louis
Louis: That is very true, Bill.
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Aug 2019, 08:44
You have made me wonder too, and what an incredible heat to endure. But I do like the photograph.
Louis: The heat is not so bad in a car with climate control smile Thank you, Chad.
Al though I don't like graffiti I guess it broke the monotony of so many miles of not very much at all. Nice mountains in the background.
Louis: Why anyone would do it, is a mystery. It is the only colourful thing around - so you are right - it has decorative purposes.
Nature and man made, such a contrast..........and great as an image Louis! smile
Louis: Thank you, Martin. The nature around here has the tendency to reclaim from man.
well, in all fairness, you travelled all the way out here and took a picture of it smile
i am amazed by that clear, spotless sky and with the transition of shades of blue, Louis.
Louis: Well, I had to pass it on my way to Tankwa and I needed a comfort break. About the clear sky. You should see it in the dark. At this point I am relatively close to the town of Sutherland, which is host to the South African Astronomical Observatory, which make use of the unusual clear sky to facilitate astronomical work. If you are interested in all the technical stuff, you can read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Astronomical_Observatory . Because many countries don't have such clear view spots, the collaborate with SA on obtaining the info generated by research in astronomy and astrophysics.
  • Anne
  • 11 Aug 2019, 10:59
Street art in the midlle of nowhere ;-) !
Louis: Humans sometimes do strange things smile
A puzzle, indeed, Louis. Makes for an intriguing image, though.
Louis: Thank you Beverly
  • Andy
  • Canada
  • 12 Aug 2019, 11:57
It is strange to see something like this in the middle of nowhere. Nothing can escape the graffiti artist.
Louis: I think sometimes that they drive with the paint kit in the car, for in case they happen on an empty wall.

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