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
Thumper Thumper 1:01 pm 23 Aug 07

Oh that’s choice….

We are already the laughing stock of the rest of the country, so why the hell not?

Kind of like the giant frog in Mascot international terminal.

Ari Ari 1:01 pm 23 Aug 07

So Deb would be in favour of roo shooting then?

Kramer Kramer 1:08 pm 23 Aug 07

The lizard should have a roll of red tape in its hand for added effect…

Thumper Thumper 1:09 pm 23 Aug 07


don’t confuse the poor old woman…

boomacat boomacat 1:14 pm 23 Aug 07

I like the distinctively local flavour the lizard brings to the artwork.

Ari Ari 1:17 pm 23 Aug 07

As he unveils the statue, Stanhope’s doors of perception are flung wide open.

He yells to the crowd: “I am the Lizard King … and I can do anything!”

Thumper Thumper 1:19 pm 23 Aug 07

What about old Walter Burley Griffin, how about a statue of him?

boomacat boomacat 1:20 pm 23 Aug 07

enough statutes of old men

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:24 pm 23 Aug 07

Now I know a lot of people on RA are feeling rather disparagingly towards the idea of this entrance art piece. But it looks fairly certain it will go ahead, so we’d want to hope it was a good one. Not convinced about a lizard though – want to be a very big one for $1M!

But I had an idea last night on a design. Very rare thing that I (who can barely draw a straight line without a ruler) would have a bout of artistic inspiration, but…thought I might share it here and see what people think.

As the nation’s capital, we are the “meeting place” for all the States, and one enduring symbol that brings the states together is the Coat of Arms, which has the state flags, surrounded by a roo, emu and wattle. It’s a bit old-fashioned looking and in need of a little updating, but it’s a starting point.

So picture you are coming down Northbourne Avenue and at the intersection with Alinga Street, as you look towards City Hill you see a large sculpture piece that represents the Coat of Arms.

As you proceed southwards towards it, the single sculpture dissolves, and you realise that it is actually a number of pieces all mounted strategically on poles so that form that one point everything merges into the single entity.

So there are poles with the “Australia” banner, then each of the state emblems (maybe in order of their formation), the roo and the emu, at the southern end of Northbourne is the seven-pointed star, and right back on the edge of City Hill is the large backdrop of the wattle branches.

The symbolism would be that all the disparate colonies came together to form a nation, right here at this place called Canberra, which as we know means meeting place.

What do you think?

[Edit (Kramer) – fix dodgy link/html tag]

Sammy Sammy 1:25 pm 23 Aug 07

I think a giant lizard wouldn’t look that bad

Especially if they borrow the technology from those fire statues near Crown in Melbourne.

A fire-breathing lizard statue would be pretty cool.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 1:25 pm 23 Aug 07

And clearly my first attempt of actually embedding a link was a dismal failure…

fnaah fnaah 1:34 pm 23 Aug 07

Gunghalin Al, your idea is pretty cool, but Sammy has you beaten hands-down.

Vote 1: Fire Breathing Lizard Statue.

barking toad barking toad 1:41 pm 23 Aug 07

A giant statue.

Of a fucking lizard.

With no ears.


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.

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.

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…)

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…

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!”

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.

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.

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