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Early morning erection awakes sleeping giant

stuart horizontalAfter nearly four years in mothballs, or whatever you keep dormant statues in, Mark Egan’s representation of explorer John McDouall Stuart finally stood (very) tall on his pedestal this morning.

In contrast to the controversy that has dogged the process of placing the giant monument since it was first brought to public attention, the only sparks that flew at today’s event came from a blowtorch, as a welder attached the feet of the statue to the pedestal. Photographers and cameramen almost outnumbered hard-hatted workmen at this distinctly unceremonious occasion, but there was nary a whimper of protest. stuart erected

The last time the public had the chance of  a good look at this Stuart was in August 2010 on the Alice Springs Town Council Lawns, when, as the ABC’s Emma Sleath reported, Arrernte woman Betty Pearce called for the statue to be located in Stuart Park, following the dogfight that erupted when it was revealed that Stuart and the contentious rifle had been slotted for a spot on the Council lawns:

“Down at Stuart Park, have a look at having McDouall Stuart there and…statues of all the other pioneers, the Aboriginal ones, the cameleers, the miners…I’d like to call it Alice Springs Garden of History.”

After quipping that her hard hat would not protect her should the statue fall, Betty then made the symbolic gesture of touching the statue with her walking stick.

However, not all present at the ceremony were attending in support. (more…)

Jul 23, 2014 | Categories: Features, Issues | 1 Comment »

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