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Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008, 07:21 pm
New furry sculpture in Brisbane

Locals may want to check out this new sculpture that appeared suddenly last week on the corner of Ann and Wharf Streets. It has no accompanying plaque to explain its presence, but presumably it is part of the Brisbane City Council's public art program.

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Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 11:04 am (UTC)
nipper

Wow, that's pretty neat!

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 01:45 pm (UTC)
whyrl

That's literally just around the corner from where I work. I'll have to check it out.

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
harvardheinous

He's looking for a ride to MiDFur X.

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Except for the hole in his chest, he's kind of cute. I'd give him a ride.

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
badboybunny

Wow cool!!

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
whitetail

Deer or 'roo?

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
nipper

Looks canine to me. Doberman perhaps?

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:19 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I pick it as canine too. From the photo in the newspaper I hoped it might be a 'roo. Like all good art, it should be up to the interpretation of the viewer. :)

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)
whitetail

Those antler-like shapes in the rucksack made me think it's likely a deer. He's already shed his hair coat in favour of human clothing, and now carries his shed antlers around in a sack, not quite knowing what to do with them anymore. But then it could be a tree rather than antlers. If a dog, perhaps he's carrying around his own lavatory? ^^

I do wish they'd've given him a tail, though. Then he really would be a furry!

Mon, Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
marko_the_rat

Unfortunately, it looks more like a tree than antlers to me. But what a wonderful interpretation. Such a sense of rich pathos.
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Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2008 05:28 am (UTC)
shiningriver

I looked at the website for Brisbane City Council and couldn't find any info on public sculptures to explain this curious anthro. They do have a program for citizens to paint traffic signal boxes, called Artforce. The site shows 1257 of them that have been painted and here's a rodent for you:
http://svc189.bne146v.server-web.com/artforce/rating.asp?id=768

Tue, Sep. 23rd, 2008 08:37 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

You found that for me? Thank you! I have seen that signal box before in my travels but I somehow never felt motivated enough to photograph it. There's this rather fetching one of sheep (in front of a church, appropriately enough) that I've often wanted to capture on film but never quite got the chance.

They also have a Public Artworks Database that purports to list the public artwork in and around Brisbane but of our shiny friend there is no mention.

May I ask you a question? I find many of your posts on furry history and spirituality very interesting and enlightening, but why do you not allow comments on your LiveJournal?

Edited at 2008-09-23 08:39 am (UTC)

Fri, Sep. 26th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
shiningriver

Starting with my involvement in alt.lifestyle.furry all those 'ears ago, I saw that too often well intentioned original discussions could collapse from uncontrollable comments. More recently I've also seen in more than just a few people's LiveJournals that there have been serious conflicts from commenting members. 2 the Ranting Griffon recently had problems like this, for example. I want my LJ to be very purposeful, very focused on Furry topics, history, literature, and so on. I do appreciate private messages, and I would, if asked, add specific comments to my posts. I probably should make that more clearly an option for my readers.

Fri, Sep. 26th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
marko_the_rat

I too have found myself in the highly unenviable situation of generating bad blood by cautioning and freezing certain threads on my LJ before they get out of hand. Strangely enough, it only seems to happen on the posts that I consider to be "filler" posts.