So – the structure I needed a sign to explain to me at Harcourt Arboretum was a hay rack from Slovenia. The pictures in this post (apart from the information sign) are other examples.
Hayracks are apparently found in about 80% of Slovenia. As well as kozolec, Slovene names for the hayrack are kazuc, stog, and toplar. Other food stuffs, such as field maize, are dried on them as well.
Although a practical structure, a hayrack is often artistically designed and handcrafted, a distinctive form of vernacular architecture.
They are also used as places to sit, rest and shelter from the sun; the larger ones venues for summer parties. Very lovely to think about while it’s so cold here and the days so short.
You can see lots more interesting versions of the Slovenian hay rack here.