19 May 2007

Al Grassby finally unveiled

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The infamous Al Grassby statue was finally unveiled yesterday amid yet more controversy, as the ABC reported (PM also had a story on the Mackay family’s complaints but it wasn’t on their site at the time of writing).

Inspired to see what all the fuss (most of which I’ve actually missed out on) was about, I went in search of the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre and said statue.

Al Grassby statue

The multicultural centre turns out to be on the second floor of the North Building, above the Canberra Museum and Gallery and presumably not inhabiting the same space as Craft ACT since they’re still advertising as being there.

Theo Notaras centre

And lastly, to give you some context of the artwork, Mr Grassby welcomes visitors to the multicultural centre up the stairs in the fairly sterile foyer.

Al Grassby statue

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Put the statue in the public toilet where it belongs.

The good he did is far outweighed by his murders by drugs of our children, why celebrate scum.

Ingeegoodbee4:08 pm 22 May 07

The contribution of Harold Holt to Australian public life is already commemorated with the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool – in Melbourne – I kid you not.

Of course, public art is great, and I can’t wait until Hargraves commissions statues of Sir Joh and Harold Holt.

Ingeegoodbee2:10 pm 22 May 07

It looks no worse than other statues of politicians you see around the place – I think it’s kind of funny really. Nice to see the Government investing in some public art too instead of just dolling tax-dollars out to bottomless pits like public education, health and bloody bicycle lanes

The more I look at it, the creepier it looks.

“Hey little boy, hop into my car: I’ve got heaps of lollies in the glovebox”

That’s money they could have spent on a Tree Farm.

It certainly is a good likeness, however, I would rather my taxpayer dollars go in the education of our kids

Looks like he’s pissed; so it’s a good likeness then!

What a waste of money.

Pandy – Are you aboriginal – because if not – you – like every other non indigenous Australian is either an immigrant or have non Indigenous Australian heritage.

Well GnT an immigrant like you would. Little Johnny is making it harder for upstarts to come to Australia, thnak goodness.

I like it.

And I like that some taxpayers’ money is spent on art and culture.

i noted in the media reportage of the statue unveiling they repeated the lie that grassby ended the white australia policy.

one of my coworkers called my buddy christ sacriligeous.

they have a few at dees comics.

Buddy christ – pure gold.

as long as you did the clown face in make up shouldn’t be too much of an arse kicking.

what a crap statue.. we paid for that?

captainwhorebags9:15 pm 20 May 07

I see that statue and I think of Buddy Christ.

I dare you too!


I wonder how much you’d get fined if you finished it off with a clown face…

He looks like he’s inviting people to enter the “Big Top”.

It’s a shocker. The mood of joviality reflects (a) Al’s unconcern about those left behind by his actions (notably the McKays), (b) the ACT pollies’ utter lack of respect for the Canberra community and (c) the artist’s disbelief that he was being paid for this.

Someone should tell the Prattmeister.

The artist must have been laughing non stop when he charged what was it 75,000 for it lol how do you get a job like that.

He looks like he’s trying to leap out of a bucket of cement, doesn’t he. We could hang a sign around his neck, “The Riverina Mafia welcomes you to Canberra.”

jemmy: perhaps a two part epoxy that can be rapidly coloured like concrete, although I don’t know any off the top of my head.

I reckon we could get some formwork and a few buckets of cement around those legs in about 5 minutes. Someone can distract security by doing burnouts in the carpark. A team of five people and we’re done.

He looks like Grandpa Simpson in a hat-and-cane routine.

Where’s the surfboard?

wait for the flower tributes: from the mob.

What a waste of money…

swamiOFswank5:23 pm 19 May 07

I feel a pressing need to get some Bugs Bunny ears, a carrot and a speech balloon saying “nyeer, what’s up doc?” for that statue. Something about the teeth…

At the very least it should scare the birds away.

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