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Teepee raft protest

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 9 October 2012 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

A new twist on the Occupy movement.

For a few warmer months earlier in the year, this teepee was home for Design student, William Woodbridge. He set up his teepee on Lake Ginninderra as a protest against the high cost of student rental housing.

He built the raft and teepee during his vacation. I’m not sure if it later qualified for any of his assignments!

However, his new home was soon under siege. Yes - there is a law that forbids any such water world lifestyle.

Here, you see his teepee moored in placid waters. William’s protest ended before the start of freezing winter nights. He accepted an offer for low cost housing.

The fate of the teepee is now a mystery. It vanished from the lake shortly after William’s raft activism was over.

On this zany piece of social history, I end my short series on the parks and open spaces of Belconnen. Hope you enjoyed this brief look at my town - in Canberra's north.

NIKON D5000 10 second F/5.6 ISO 100 105 mm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just superb ! what beautiful light!

9 Oct 2012 5:29am

Mooie from Vancouver, Canada

Lovely shot... and the light really is beautiful! I have to give props to young Bill, though... that raft and Teepee look pretty impressive to me :-)

9 Oct 2012 5:49am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Beautiful image and what a fantastic original protest you've documented here Stephen

9 Oct 2012 6:03am

tataray from france, France

Superbe. Belle lumière et beaux reflets.
Un magnifique moyen de contestation.)

9 Oct 2012 6:50am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

La lumière est belle ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

9 Oct 2012 7:22am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I must say his protest tepee looks quite idyllic on the still water - obviously the statement he was making was not quite so idyllic.

9 Oct 2012 8:19am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

A peaceful and effective way of making a point, and getting what he wants. 10 out of 10 for innovative thought

9 Oct 2012 8:22am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

beau miroir naturel, belle vue panoramique, une lumière fantastique.

9 Oct 2012 8:30am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Une protestation qui lui aura permis d'avoir un logement!!! Un véritable miroir ce lac, la lumière est splendide. Bonne journée.

9 Oct 2012 8:38am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Hervorragend dieses Licht und die Spiegelungen.

9 Oct 2012 9:02am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quels reflet et compo quelle vue e tiamge cette immensité ce calme sur le plan d'eau sueprbe.

9 Oct 2012 9:08am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Bit of a shame really, it must have been fun living in it for a while.

9 Oct 2012 9:10am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

Simply GORGEOUS ! Love this frame and beautiful tones and reflection here !

9 Oct 2012 9:23am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

I just clicked at color scheme - amazing !

9 Oct 2012 9:24am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

beautiful panoramic mirror image

9 Oct 2012 10:42am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Beautiful colors, the reflections are superb. The story is very interesting, all over the world must fight to survive.

9 Oct 2012 11:36am

yalda from Iran, Iran

Superb reflections
Beautiful colors

9 Oct 2012 12:05pm

Basile Pesso from City of Aminus, Paris, France

Superb picture, plus a document.

9 Oct 2012 12:16pm

Z from Shanghai, China

oh so beautiful details..great panorama

9 Oct 2012 12:26pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow ..Original !! A very beautiful photo !

9 Oct 2012 12:31pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

wonderful image and reflections, a unique protest

9 Oct 2012 12:33pm

franz from Baden, Austria

wow, what a brilliant idea and initiative! i think the tepee would have fit perfectly into this pretty scenery ...
you live in a very nice area, stephen!

9 Oct 2012 1:53pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Ce teepee flottant amène une jolie touche colorée à ce paysage bien composé!
Bonne journée lumineuse!

9 Oct 2012 2:31pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Almost becoming a mirage, as the lake almost suggests this, a fitting end, beautiful photo !~

9 Oct 2012 3:13pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A fantastic image and story. His protest was peaceful and most eloquent, and I am glad he found some affordable housing.

9 Oct 2012 3:17pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

fantastic image - excellent scenery reflections and scenery

9 Oct 2012 4:06pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A great safe way to protest, I like his style. He also guaranteed him a beautiful view every morning and evening.

9 Oct 2012 4:24pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What a great creation for a perfect protest! Looks like the raft came with all of he amenities. And what a place to live a relax.....it looks so tranquil. Beautiful reflections and textures in the trees.

9 Oct 2012 5:28pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Beautiful reflection ! The teepee raft looks interesting.

9 Oct 2012 5:58pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful image. I love the reflection. What an interesting story. He is quite creative!

9 Oct 2012 6:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

It looks like he built quite a nice looking teepee. He had a worthy cause and it got him cheaper housing. Great shot with nice reflections.

9 Oct 2012 6:27pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

Good for Will!
Hope he can now focus on his studies.

9 Oct 2012 6:33pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful light in this shot Stephen! ;-)

9 Oct 2012 6:56pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic documented capture of his unique situation ... he had a gorgeous view; this is really beautiful!

9 Oct 2012 7:06pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love the pop of color of the teepee and the gorgeous reflections

9 Oct 2012 8:11pm

Baldwin from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning view of this peaceful place ... the reflection and light are just outstanding !!! Excellent shot ...

9 Oct 2012 10:36pm

hugo poon from hong kong, Hong Kong

This is heavenly sight! Just admire the creativity of the Occupy movement!:-) Fabulous documentary and beautiful work of art!

10 Oct 2012 12:34am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Must be the most elegant protest I've ever seen ! They will be receiving invitations.

11 Oct 2012 6:48am

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Riveting reflections by Ruthiebear

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