For those of you who enjoyed the launch of the Amazing mailbox quest earlier this month, there is good news!
The mailbox which was responsible for starting me thinking about this project was one in the shape of a spider – a distinctive Redback. But there was nowhere to stop on the day I first noticed it and I was unable to get a photograph. So I had to just write about it.
This incredible mailbox was quite surprising when I got close enough to have a good look at it. Well over a metre (3 feet) in width, it has been cleverly made from recycled parts from an old seeding combine – a farm machine used for sowing crops. The body appears to have been made from an old gas bottle (WARNING: cutting into a gas bottle, even when empty is extremely dangerous and potentially life threatening, please don’t copy this idea unless you get a properly qualified specialist to do the cutting).
The eyes have me puzzled, I cannot work out what machine they could be from or what part of said machine. Perhaps someone out there reading this post may know? Or if you would like to have a guess or make a suggestion, that could be fun too!
The reason for making a mailbox in the shape of a (deadly) poisonous, but very visually striking spider is intriguing! It may have been that the springs from the seeder just looked so much like gigantic spider legs, or perhaps the round shape of the body was the inspiration.
I have driven past this mailbox numerous times, but only noticed it at the time of my mailbox post. It is actually located in a turnout from a freeway, so is not that visible and it blends beautifully with the dark tree trunks behind it!
Perhaps if the mailbox was to get a fresh shiny coat of paint, it would stand out a bit better like its natural arachnid counterpart does!
But what a great mailbox! Very cleverly made and quite unique. How are you going with your search for mailboxes to add to the Amazing mailbox quest?
A few readers have, like me, been a bit puzzled about the source of the spider’s eyes. I have not come any closer to resolving this, although a few good suggestions have been made.
As luck would have it, I was able to return to the mailbox and quickly snap a photo of the ‘other side’ of the eyes. Here it is! This still does not help much though 😆