Lake Hart South Australia
Lake Hart, just north of Woomera, is a large shallow lake that is usually covered in white Salt. In fact, in the early 1900's, the Commonwealth Salt Mining Company mined and refined the salt from Lake Hart for domestic consumption. It was said that the salt was saltier than other salt available within Australia and that "housewives only needed half as much Lake Hart salt in this cooking because it was so salty." The salt mining closed down in the mid 1930s as alternative cheaper sources of salt became available. Andrew painted Lake Hart following his recent road trip through outback South Australia. When he stopped at the lake he was surprised to see it covered with water and floating ice crystals. The painting shows the reflected hills in the background, broken by the thin layer of salt on the edge of the lake. In the foreground Andrew shows the salt drying infrastructure that is gradually deteriorating after being abandoned over 80 years ago.