Greens want giant lizard on Northbourne Ave

GnT 23 August 2007 33

Following on from the earler debate about the proposed artwork on Northbourne Ave, Greens MLA Deb Foskey has called for it to be a giant sculpture of the Grassland Earless Dragon, which is only found in the ACT and is on the verge of extinction.

Despite her motives being political, if we have to have an artwork I think a giant lizard wouldn’t look that bad.

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33 Responses to Greens want giant lizard on Northbourne Ave
Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 7:43 pm 25 Aug 07

Speaking about big things….. Queanbeyan’s claim to fame is the “Big Bonsai Tree”.

You see, they just stuck a fence around a 100 year old gum tree in Queanbeyan Park in Lowe Street….

boomacat boomacat 10:18 am 25 Aug 07

Offer of compromise – a fire breathing big pineapple rumbling along Northbourne Avenue on light rail tracks.

Pandy Pandy 6:37 pm 24 Aug 07

A firebreathing Phil Lynott OK!

caf caf 5:10 pm 24 Aug 07

I would like to submit that the giant firebreathing lizard should be mobile, and trundle up and down the centre of Northbourne Avenue on a light rail track.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 5:00 pm 24 Aug 07

And don’t forget the big bunch of a-holes in the Legislative Assembly! 😉

Maelinar Maelinar 1:09 pm 24 Aug 07

We’ve got so many big things in this town it’s not funny. You lot just don’t know where to look.

Some examples (not exhaustive):

The big expanse of water nobody else in the coungry has

The big building where all the politicians sit

The big National Library, Museum, Art Gallery, etc

Heck, we’ve even got the big Grasby !

No shortage of big things around here. We might even have to give a few away.

boomacat boomacat 12:58 pm 24 Aug 07

Yes I demand the lizard be at least as big as the sheep in Goulburn. We totally need a “big” thing in Canberra. We could just nip up North and steal the big pineapple, seems pretty light and plastic like from memory, wouldn’t be too heavy.

la mente torbida la mente torbida 9:31 am 24 Aug 07

I love the fire breathing lizard.
Put a staircase inside you could climb to look out it’s eyes!
No need for red-light cameras at the intersection….just gouts of flame to incinerate any car running a red light!
It would give the giant merino in Goulbourn.

Thumper Thumper 8:06 am 24 Aug 07

Just remember people, Deb Foskey is actually an MLA in this town.

She wants a statue of a giant lizard.

Scarey thought hey?

Maelinar Maelinar 10:41 pm 23 Aug 07

Somebody a little bored and been looking at the free software in the greens office again Roland ?

You know I know she got the inspiration from Suse.

Pandy Pandy 9:08 pm 23 Aug 07

A monument to Phil Lynott ?


Mr Evil Mr Evil 4:28 pm 23 Aug 07

How about a big middle finger pointing up wards and facing Sydney?

I guess they would model the fire breathing lizard on Hargreaves?

p1 p1 4:14 pm 23 Aug 07

I assume that this fire breathing lizard will be at least as big as the big sheep at Goulburn? Canberra has long been absent the “big thing” that many other Aust cities so proudly display.

Ari Ari 4:06 pm 23 Aug 07

The apology plaque could be afixed to a giant trough.

Foskey (and others) could feast from it (or live in it), you could grow tulips in it for Floriade and drunks could piss in it on their way home on a Saturday night.

Vic Bitterman Vic Bitterman 3:38 pm 23 Aug 07

I’d like to see a brass plaque of foskey’s apology letter to the Canberra community, for bludging off our taxes in a govt funded house whilst being a $100k+ politician at the same time.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 2:51 pm 23 Aug 07

What about a giant replica of a stock-standard 1960s guvvie house with a replica stock-standard unwashed greenie that pops out of the front door every hour shouting “I shall not be moved!”

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 2:23 pm 23 Aug 07

Thanks for the feedback (and for Kramer fixing the linky thingy – don’t know what I missed – thought I followed the tips above verbatim…).

I checked out ACT Procurement’s website – they have defeated the idea at the starting gate with their bureaucratic maze…as if just finding out about it from the Assembly’s website wasn’t enough of a trial…how your average garden-variety arty type is supposed to advance an idea is beyond me…

astrojax astrojax 2:14 pm 23 Aug 07

i rekkun they should commission tim wetherill (who did the ‘astronomer’ outside questacon) to construct the fire breathing lizard from bits of bulldozer that have obliterated the poor li’l thing’s native habitat over countless aeons (well, a few decades) of development…

[and i hope lizard king stanhope doesn’t do the whole jim morrison thing with the leather pants, which come off mid-show! lizards and trouser snakes are dire enemies…)

Kramer Kramer 1:53 pm 23 Aug 07

If the speed camera before Antill street doesn’t slow you down, then the fire breathing lizard will.

Thumper Thumper 1:42 pm 23 Aug 07

For seriousness, Gungahlin Al’s idea is superb. in fact, I can’t think of anything better.

However, a fire breathing lizard would be cool. Maybe we could have the lizard at that roundabout coming into the city from the highway near Dickson.

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