Last night at work l listened to a timely special on ABC radio. A brilliant repeat called White Lines, White Crosses from December 2003. Appropriately for Good Friday and the holiday weekend, the program dealt with a growing phenomena in Australia - roadside memorials for accident victims,
Simple or elaborate, makeshift or permanent, these memorials are public markers of private grief, and turn public land into private sacred space. Whether or not you think they should be allowed, or you think they’re a useful road safety reminder, or a distraction and potential road hazard – they do hold great meaning for the people who erect them, and open a window on contemporary spirituality and the rituals of grief.
Personally, I accept and respect these sad memorials, considering them valid statements bearing witness to a life lost. Without fail, passing a memorial has me quietly reflecting on it's significance to the victim's connections, and motoring in general... (Click images to enlarge)
None more so than the five small white crosses on the Pacific Highway north of Taree. It's both a heartbreaking and chilling image as one flashes by at 100kph. A whole family were taken out some years ago at Easter. Five crosses send a powerful message.
Actually I'll be passing by in a few days, returning from a visit to The Angel. Despite the awkward location, I'll endeavour to take an image of the scene and send it via moblog.