This is one of the strangest pieces of urban art I have ever seen. It is situated outside the GOMA (gallery of modern art) in Brisbane. A life-size elephant standing on its head!!! The sign in the back right side says “do not climb on the sculpture” but young children can’t read and who could resist clambering through those inviting spaces…
I went to Google to find out more.
New Zealand artist Michael Parekowhai was paid a million dollars and commissioned to create this enormous sculpture that he called “the world turns”. I couldn’t understand it. What I didn’t see was a tiny water-rat or, as known by the Aborigines, “kuril” sitting in front of the elephant. Along with the traditional Aboriginal custodians, the kuril is one of the caretakers of the land upon which the Gallery and this sculpture stand. The kuril is the other side of the elephant, so I will now have to go back and take some more photos.
This week Paula has chosen “urban art” as her theme. You may like to join in. Check here for urban art from around the world.