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Andrews made this work following a ten-day stay at Ayers Rock - known as Uluru to the Aborigines - in the desert of Australia's Northern Territory. The rock embodies many of the problems and contradictions of modern tourism. At 348m (1,143 feet) high, it is the world's largest monolith and a major destination for tourists. Historically, however, it is a sacred site for several Aboriginal tribes and its caves contain carvings and paintings. To evoke the site's spiritual dimension Andrews has adopted the anthropomorphic convention of suggesting human forms in the land by accentuating the mouth-like characteristics of a gash in the mountainside.

August 2004