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Who Took The Brisbane Axeman Sculpture?

OK Loons, someone has taken down one of my favourite pieces of public art in Brisbane. It has vamoosed without so much as a news story. I suspect the NAB bank, which now owns the piece, was behind its vanishing act. The Axeman sculpture which was created by John Underwood’s Artbusters Organisation was originally part of the World Expo 1988, hosted by Brisbane.It has been captivating tourists for nearly 25 years. I want it returned no questions asked!!!!  Fingers crossed its just getting a makeover, but I suspect it maybe gone for good. The Sunshine State just got a littler darker 😦

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It Speaks For Itself

Stumbled across these scary black things in a park ……

Seriously? Is he scratching his butt?

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Saddam’s Butt Up For Sale

Remember the moment  the statue of Saddam Hussein was unceremoniously ripped from it’s plinth during the US led invasion of Iraq in 2003? Well an elite SAS regiment soldier, Nigel “Spud” Ely, was there and he retrieved a 2ft piece of Saddam’s butt using a hammer and crowbar. Now he’s auctioning as a “war relic art” in England and it could be yours. Might look good in the garden!

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Michael Jackson Statue Controversy

OMG, Mohamed Al Fayed has really showered himself with crazy this time. The ex owner of Harrod’s and owner of the Fulham soccer team has erected a statue of ….wait for it… Michael Jackson, outside the football grounds. Some fans are bemused while others are appalled at the 15 ft, £100,000 statue. One fan said “We’re a laughing stock” . In response Mr Fayed said “If some stupid fans don’t understand and appreciate such a gift they can go to hell” or “Chelsea”. Michael evidently attended one match as a guest of Fayed a few years back. Hmm, Michael Jackson is to soccer as Charlie Sheen is to losing!

Psst I suppose it’s better than being erected outside a kindergarten.

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Why Is the Statue Of David’s Penis Uncircumcised?

OK loons, here’s a question for ya …. why is the statue of David’s penis uncircumcised? I know, I know, but it’s like the big friggin elephant in the room!  However I am currently researching Michelangelo’s chiseled piece and thought it strange that David (obviously Jewish) hadn’t been snipped. David, by the way, is the dude that slingshotted Goliath. Theories?

Psst If you look closely you will also notice that David’s head and hands are way too big for the rest of the body. That’s because the statue was intended to be plonked atop the cathedral. Michelangelo  accentuated the important parts so they could be visible by people from below. So why such a small penis?

It's a bit on the wee side too!

Hmm, and makes his penis even smaller!

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Everyone’s A Friggin Critic

Oh dear god, locals near the Iowa/Nebraska border are still friggin bitching about the new $3 million public art installation “Odyssey” on the 24th Street interchange on Interstate Highway 29/80. Motorists are complaining the Freddy Kruger hands are  so terrifyingly distracting they are finding it hard to concentrate (yep, there has been some rear ending!), thus the nickname “Nightmare on 24th Street”.  The abstract work by renowned international sculptor Albert Paley has also been described as “Edward Scissorbridge”, “Gateway to Disaster” and a ” pile of junk”. Any thoughts …

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Launceston Art Festival

OK loons, just in case you can’t get to Tasmania to attend the Launceston Arts Festival here is a little taste of what you are missing……

That's one hell of a friggin fur ball!

Are you sure this is part of the festival?

Kim Jong Il rang and he wants his rocket back!

Psst ...it's the knitted thingy on the lamp post

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Phone Girl’s Been Disconnected Again

Call me?

Oh for goodness sakes people can you leave the friggin Phone Girl statue alone. One of Shanghai’s most well known statues has been damaged once again. Yesterday morning people were greeted by the sad and sorry sight of the “call girl” lying on her side and broken in two, next to the telephone stand. The statue was sculpted by He Yong in 1996 but has been cursed with bad luck ever since. In 1998 it was pulled down by would-be thieves and then in 2000 it was nicked by two junk collectors. It took four years for the police to finally catch the thieves who are both serving 12 year jail sentences. In 2006 the phone was stolen.

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Vanished Without a Shoe

You know what happens when you lend a statue to Bozeman city in an attempt to make sculptures more accessible to the public? You get left with a bronze shoe and a foot is what. Hmm, seems thieves have stolen the statue of a little girl loaned to the city by Fort Collins artist James Haire. Well, that is art appreciation if you really think about it!

Psst It is like the Cinderella of public art !

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PETA vs KFC

What the Bok!

PETA are now expanding their hoizons into public art. Yes, the People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals have put in an application to the City of Louiville to have their 5 a half foot fiberglass chicken statue temporary erected on the corner of Fourth and Market streets. The chicken in question is on crutches, covered in blood and has a bandage on it’s  beak and belly. Oh and I forgot the best bit, on the base it reads “KFC Cripples Chickens.”. Oh that will be because Louisville  is home and headquarters to KFC. Seems PETA have a peeve with KFC allowing chickens to have their throats cut open while fully conscious and then being scalded alive. Hmm, sounds like the feathers will be flying if this gets approved!

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