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Belco’s owl is gone!

By Gungahlin Al - 23 April 2012 21

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The giant owl sculpture in Belconnen that has been the source of so much debate is gone. Just the concrete base remains…

Here’s how the mystery unfolded on Twitter on Friday night, to a deal of amusement, courtesy of Canberra Times cartoonist David Pope’s feed (I tidied up RTs and rearranged to make sense to non-tweeps), and with an interesting reveal at the end:

@cutflat: Alright, who stole the owl sculpture from Belconnen!?

@davpope: IS THIS TRUE, BELCONNEN?

@davpope: PLEASE BE GONE

@cutflat: If not stolen, at least missing or moved. Didn’t get a good look because I was driving past.

@davpope: STILL WAITING, BELCONNEN

@ludicrause: @davpope earthquake!

@davpope: ALRIGHT, WHO SAID THAT? WAS THAT YOU SCULLIN? SIT UP STRAIGHT WHEN I’M TALKING TO YOU

@VickiVovo: @davpope @cutflat I guess people just don’t give a hoot.

@davpope: RIGHT, WEETANGERA. YOU’RE ON DETENTION

@cutflat: Missing owl sculpture. What happened here!? http://instagr.am/p/JowvRRE0YD/

@davpope: TWITTER AND I CAN WAIT ALL NIGHT, BELCONNEN

@nessyhill: Owl?! Am I the only one who sees a large piece of masculinity?

@davpope: You’d be the only one if you didn’t

@brindabellababy: see, we Woden South Central kids would never be so naughty.

@davpope: 100 TIMES ON THE BOARD, WODEN: “I MUST NOT BE A SMUG HUB”

@davpope: I am going to leave the room, Belconnen, and when I come back I expect to see a typed double-spaced explanation on my desk. #owl

RT @brindabellababy throws chalk at teacher and legs it to avoid having ears boxed…

@davpope: THE OWL IS JUST GETTING REPAINTED, PEOPLE. Class dismissed. (Except for you, Weetangera. #detention)

@davpope: “It has been removed for repainting, at the artist’s expense”

@ludicrause: @davpope that is a shame #disappointed

@davpope: It was so much more exciting when we thought it was a Midsomer Murder

@cjjosh: @willozap Let’s hope it’s hot pink

@davpope: @cutflat Beaut Proud Owl of Belconnen needed some further touches to paintwork will be back on perch in 2-3 weeks #canberra

@leoniedoyle: @davpope What a hoot. Hope they apply the paint with a tr-owl.

@davpope: Tomorrow’s cartoon will now have to be stick figures BECAUSE I HAD TO FIND A MISSING OWL PENIS

@Hil121: @davpope maybe you could work it into the cartoon

@davpope: I may have read that the wrong way

@davpope: I tried to put the owl in, but it doesn’t look right hanging off Joe Hockey like that.

@KatyGMLA: @Jovianshadow @davpope never noticed the phallus style, always just looked like a proud owl to me. Maybe that says more about me than owl:)

@davpope: And that is why you are Chief Minister and I am drawing stick figures with crayons, @KatyGMLA

What’s Your opinion?


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21 Responses to
Belco’s owl is gone!
Brindabella 11:50 am 23 Apr 12

Hope it’s gone for good. If it comes back, someone should put a giant dinger over it to really send the message.

c_c 11:45 am 23 Apr 12

shirty_bear said :

wtf … take the whole damn thing away to paint it? This is cheaper than throwing up some scaffolding around it? (Happy to assume that minimum cost is the *only* variable taken into consideration).

Remind me not to get these clowns to paint my house.

Paint won’t cure below about 15 degrees, and they have to strip it first meaning the need for some rather elaborate containment and vacuum systems if the works were to be done in situ.

It’s a remarkably over the top exercise and the artist should be ashamed they didn’t think of the technical side of the piece originally, but there’s no other way to do it and we’re not paying anyway… well, not paying again at least.

shirty_bear 11:35 am 23 Apr 12

wtf … take the whole damn thing away to paint it? This is cheaper than throwing up some scaffolding around it? (Happy to assume that minimum cost is the *only* variable taken into consideration).

Remind me not to get these clowns to paint my house.

Jivrashia 11:16 am 23 Apr 12

johnboy said :

maybe the hater’s are afraid to get close to the thing?

It needs protection, for its owl sake as well.

And I don’t mean sunnies.

pajs 11:04 am 23 Apr 12

I really like the owl. Much more my kind of public art than abstract stuff, or statues of politicians, explorers etc.

johnboy 10:48 am 23 Apr 12

maybe the hater’s are afraid to get close to the thing?

Skidbladnir 10:44 am 23 Apr 12

Sydney can keep it.
I’m still amazed nobody’s yet put a halfbrick through the Cockowl.

PugGirl 10:40 am 23 Apr 12

Have recently moved from South to Northside and have grown fond of that owl. Glad it’s coming back.

Thumper 10:16 am 23 Apr 12

trevar said :

Awesome. I am now following all those tweeps!

They’re pretty funny 🙂

stonedwookie 10:03 am 23 Apr 12
trevar 10:02 am 23 Apr 12

Awesome. I am now following all those tweeps!

Jivrashia 10:00 am 23 Apr 12

@cjjosh: @willozap Let’s hope it’s hot pink.

This, and then it’ll only be a matter of time before someone accuses it of being CP.

Give it green, to satisfy Canberra’s morbid fascination with reptoid.

Erg0 9:37 am 23 Apr 12

I haven’t seen this morning’s CT, but I hope they’ve quoted Katy on this.

Thumper 9:29 am 23 Apr 12

It’s not like you can just misplace a 40 foot high owl.

Then again, we are talking about the ACT government.

grump 9:28 am 23 Apr 12

in the paper over the weekend – off to get a new paint job, at the artists expense – apparently was painted with Melbourne weather paint which can’t handle our extreme climate!!

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