Ask RiotACT: A letter about a dead pigeon

Barcham 15 October 2013 26

We just received a letter that is equal parts polite and intriguing (I’ve never noticed this either), so what’s the answer Rioters?

Good afternoon RiotACT,

I was having coffee with two of my beautifully wonderful and lovely female colleagues (sorry – they read this and I need the brownie points) when we noticed a dead concrete pigeon in the corner of the buildings front gardens on London Circuit.

We have been having coffee around this corner for about 5 years and have never noticed it so we found this reasonably unsettling: are we so unobservant that we have just not noticed this for so long? Or is it new? Are there others?

It seemed like the sort of thing that would have appeared elsewhere like other guerrilla art installations, but our combined googling was not able uncover any further information.

It was safely assumed that you, or other Rioters would have no problem in illuminating (or otherwise) this mystery.

I look forward to you advice (again, or otherwise),

Kind regards,

Mr. (potentially Un)Observant

Pigeon


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26 Responses to Ask RiotACT: A letter about a dead pigeon
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Queen_of_the_Bun Queen_of_the_Bun 12:56 pm 16 Oct 13

Thumper said :

Someone shot a clay pigeon?

Is Susie Balogh still living in Queanbeyan?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 11:34 am 16 Oct 13

Kdowgg said :

Holden Caulfield said :

“…but our combined googling was not able uncover any further information.”

Took me around 5 minutes.

I stand suitably humbled in the glory of your Google prowess. However, had I expended more effort than googling ‘concrete pigeon’ once, this artistic expression may have continued to go unnoticed by many more around here. I for one enjoy the community element of such sharing and to use an oft utilised phrase in this forum, the engagment of the ‘hive mind.’
In future it would do us all well to will ensure that any little quirks that one happens to happen upon, be quietly and individually solved and kept to oneself.
On behalf of those less brilliant, please accept my sincere apologies that you had to squander your precious gift – sincere but gratitude that you did.
A matter of true importance has now been laid to rest.

See, if you put as much effort into refining your Google search term to “nothingness pigeon” as you did writing that embarrassingly lame and contradictory reply you could be as brilliant* as me too.

*Your assertion, certainly not mine.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 11:47 pm 15 Oct 13

It was coming home to roost, and found itself overwhelmed by the choices when it pecked “nothingness” into Google maps while circling Civic.

wildturkeycanoe wildturkeycanoe 9:21 pm 15 Oct 13

Like a concrete dead bird with “nothingness” is any more inspiring than an empty brown glass bottle with “VB” emblazoned across it’s colorful tapestry. Which one is art? I am saddened by the latter.

Deborah Deborah 6:30 pm 15 Oct 13

Thanks for bringing the work of Will Coles to RA’s attention. I’ve been a fan for years since I saw his work in a Sydney gallery. You’ll find some of his work here http://www.brendamaygallery.com.au/artworks.php?artistID=85-Will-Coles

Aeek Aeek 5:11 pm 15 Oct 13

It shows signs of mortar boarding.

poetix poetix 4:13 pm 15 Oct 13

They are its mortared remains.

Thumper Thumper 3:33 pm 15 Oct 13

Someone shot a clay pigeon?

Kdowgg Kdowgg 3:15 pm 15 Oct 13

Holden Caulfield said :

“…but our combined googling was not able uncover any further information.”

Took me around 5 minutes.

I stand suitably humbled in the glory of your Google prowess. However, had I expended more effort than googling ‘concrete pigeon’ once, this artistic expression may have continued to go unnoticed by many more around here. I for one enjoy the community element of such sharing and to use an oft utilised phrase in this forum, the engagment of the ‘hive mind.’
In future it would do us all well to will ensure that any little quirks that one happens to happen upon, be quietly and individually solved and kept to oneself.
On behalf of those less brilliant, please accept my sincere apologies that you had to squander your precious gift – sincere but gratitude that you did.
A matter of true importance has now been laid to rest.

bigfeet bigfeet 3:05 pm 15 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

It’s pining for a block in Forde.

Well played. Well played indeed. [Golf-clap]

tactless tactless 3:01 pm 15 Oct 13

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

It’s pining for a block in Forde.

That pigeon couldn’t pine for a block on Forde if you put 4000 volts through it…..

carnardly carnardly 2:55 pm 15 Oct 13

thebrownstreak69 said :

Good to see our local smokers feel free to litter near it.

maybe it died of asphyxiation from the smokers blowing crap over it…

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:55 pm 15 Oct 13

“…but our combined googling was not able uncover any further information.”

Took me around 5 minutes.

carnardly carnardly 2:54 pm 15 Oct 13

it used to be a live concrete pigeon….?

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:53 pm 15 Oct 13
thebrownstreak69 thebrownstreak69 2:49 pm 15 Oct 13

Good to see our local smokers feel free to litter near it.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 2:44 pm 15 Oct 13

Buy your own, but you’d better be quick, there’s only three being sold…

http://www.retrospectgalleries.com/products/pigeon/7569/1

tuco tuco 2:34 pm 15 Oct 13

But is the answer a matter of a pinion?

Geoff_from_Lushpup_Images Geoff_from_Lushpup_Images 2:33 pm 15 Oct 13

There’s a little concrete hamburger replete with skull & crossbones down in New Acton near the Time Thief. There’s also a 1:1 scale cement mobile phone near the High Court …

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