Canberra needs a mascot and I think I have found one. Here he is – Alexander the Bunyip!
The sculpture, A is for Alexander, B is for Bunyip, C is for Canberra, is by artist Anne Ross.
The piece is a tribute to Michael Salmon’s much loved 1970′s children’s book, The Monster that Ate Canberra. The book tells the story of a short-sighted and hungry Bunyip who mistakes Canberra’s landmarks for food.
The sculpture shows the bunyip with models of the National Library, Academy of Science and Black Mountain Tower. In the book, Alexander ate these iconic buildings!
In the artwork - as you can see – the buildings light up at night. Cool!
Alexander stands in the Gungahlin town centre - outside a new library. It is a nice link to his origin as a character in a children’s book.
A bunyip, by the way, is our native species of dragon.