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A friend of mine in Sydney, Australia, asked for help in explaining these stones. I don't know if this is really a puzzle, but he's definitely puzzled.

In one of our local parks someone has put stones round some of the trees

I can't work out if the dates, if that is what they are intended to be, relate to

And he follows up with the date-like inscriptions (Australia uses dd-mm-yyyy) on the 12 stones round one tree:

3.6.2050

27.2.2050

14.8.2051

21.7.2052

26.3.2053

29.5.2054

1.2.2055

23.5.2056

8.6.2057

20.8.2057

24.8.2058

3.7.2059

Stones with engraved numbers surrounding a tree

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  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it's similar to what Terry Pratchett's Counting Pines do? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Oct 5 '18 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ But seriously, he indicates that this is just the list of numbers (dates) from one tree, yet there are many. Do they all end in 2050? Does the middle number indicate January, April, Sept, Oct, Nov and Dec in those? or are all of them just months 2,3,5,6,7,8? $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Oct 5 '18 at 12:10
  • $\begingroup$ Finally! A post revealing someone from Ostraylia! :D $\endgroup$ – Feeds Oct 6 '18 at 17:15
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Looks like this is

an art project called Time Rings

It says

"The dates were chosen using a random selection of birthdays from the children of nearby Annandale Public School, forging a powerful connection between the artwork and the local community."

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My only thought is that:

They're 50 year anniversary markers of some event.
It seems plausible that they were created in the 2000's

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