Dookie artist Andrew Sands gets attention with red dirt-covered ute.JOHN LEWIS July 29, 2014 3:55am
A Dookie artist has shown you don’t need to drive to central Australia to get a red dirt ute and a few yarns.
Andrew Sands sprayed his Holden Rodeo with red Dookie dirt as a promotional idea for the town’s big art fiesta in October.
After parking it in the main street and photographing the results, the image of the red dirt ute went up on Dookie Arts’ Facebook page — and sparked plenty of interest.
Last week it had scored more than 2000 hits.
‘‘The idea came from Dookie and the incredible soil — that’s why Dookie exists because of the fertile soil,’’ Mr Sands said.
The Facebook post was accompanied by a cleverly-written spoof account of a significant geological discovery in Dookie.
‘‘It is believed to be a rock formation formed in the autovician period in Japan and floated to Dookie on an iceberg during the thawing of the ice age,’’ the post said.
A Professor Fritzslogan apparently made the discovery.
‘‘I have a friend who did some geology during an engineering degree. He pointed me to a rock at Heathcote which had a nearest match in Tasmania. That’s where I got the idea,’’ Mr Sands said.
He said he and a friend spent a couple of hours using a leaf blower to spray his early model Rodeo ute with a mixture of Dookie dirt and water from a bucket.
The ute remained parked next to the Emporium cafe in Dookie’s main street for a few days last week.
After midweek rain showers Mr Sands said it was probably time to reclaim his vehicle.
‘‘I might have to go and check it — see what the rain has done. I’ll have to clean it up soon, I’ve got a job coming up,’’ he said.
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