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The monster that ate Canberra

Posted by
Stephen (Canberra, Australia) on 24 May 2011 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

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.

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Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Awesome, I love it!

24 May 2011 5:30am

mayoline from Hoorn, Netherlands

It seems he is on his way to his office !! ;-) I like this monster. Nice captured!

24 May 2011 6:54am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

He's a lovely friendly monster ( a little Dr Seuss) Lovely capture.

24 May 2011 7:17am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A dynamic view of a dynamic sculpture. Nice back story too. :)

24 May 2011 7:36am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bel angle ! Je te souhaite une agréable journée

24 May 2011 7:40am

Suzanne from Melbourne, Australia

what a corker of an image!
thank you for making me laugh!

24 May 2011 7:45am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A monster very nice and balanced ... I love it! Children should impassion look-what ... A hug a friend ... good shooting! A hug, Adela

24 May 2011 8:12am

Thea from Leeuwarden, Netherlands

This monster looks very cute and funny,ánd beautiful sculptured! Great POV!

24 May 2011 8:31am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice angle and nice shot. I like it !

24 May 2011 8:57am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

The angle of view is great and this magnificent sculpture. 5 *. Good day.

24 May 2011 9:14am

Florence from Paris, France

Funnt and cute ! An enjoyable shot Stephen ! Cool.

24 May 2011 9:18am

Phil from Sausset les Pins, France

Really well composed this shot ! I enjoy it and the mascot ! Phil

24 May 2011 9:48am

PRASHANT from Mumbai, India

Wow..beautiful light effect.

24 May 2011 10:08am

DESPITE STRAIGHT LINES from Canada &, United Kingdom

That's a great sculpture to put a smile on people's faces. Nice to know the background behind it's origins as well.

24 May 2011 10:53am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

funny :))

24 May 2011 11:06am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

A great photo and story for Silly Tuesday.
Well seen Stephen!

24 May 2011 11:57am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb framing ! Beautiful photo .

24 May 2011 12:06pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

!! excellent sculpture !!:)

24 May 2011 12:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderfully fancyful creature Stephen! Why not the next mascot for Canberra??? Happy Silly Tuesday! ;-)

24 May 2011 12:07pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

That is very cool capture and find! Wonderful composition and very fun to look at!!!!

24 May 2011 12:15pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

D is for Delightful, E is for Excellent, F is for Fascinating. ;)

24 May 2011 12:16pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

CRAP - Cyans, Red, And Purples work very nicely together in this one :-)

24 May 2011 1:19pm

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

nice!!! love this pic!

24 May 2011 1:27pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

a funny sculpture, like the color of the sky in the distance.

24 May 2011 1:43pm

Marleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

I'm glad you caught this monster.....;-)))

24 May 2011 2:10pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this famous and great looking character. Very interesting history too.

24 May 2011 2:25pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful sculpture, fine light!

24 May 2011 2:33pm

Yvon from Orleans, France

nice monster capture

24 May 2011 2:48pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

a scary monster - excellent image

24 May 2011 2:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 May 2011 2:55pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


24 May 2011 2:55pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Fantastic statue! The bit of angle, perspective, and sky really make this shot stand out - well done!

24 May 2011 3:07pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Great composition, and the colors are fantastic, Stephen. Great job.

24 May 2011 3:09pm

myky from London, Canada

Nice perspective....imagine seeing that through a child's eyes!

24 May 2011 3:12pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent, playful, informative post. I love this view and the many details, including for good measure a very nice sky.

24 May 2011 3:32pm

Williams from East LaHave, Nova Scotia, Canada

Now this IS silly! Love the perspective & colour tones. Happy ST.

24 May 2011 3:36pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great perspective from which you've captured this, giving a sense of forward motion. It sounds like this area needs another visit at nighttime with all of its color. Australia still has dragons??!! ;-)

24 May 2011 3:46pm

tataray from france, France

Un bien joli monstre, que j'aurai plaisir à rencontrer.
De belles Couleurs .
Bonne journée.

24 May 2011 3:48pm

Dutch from Neverwhere, United States

I always wondered what a Bunyip looked like! Hehe.. it's cute!

24 May 2011 3:49pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great perspective and a cool looking sculpture and sky!

24 May 2011 3:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

I love your angle here too...as Alexander the Bunyip goes dashing off to munch on the next landmark! What a perfect time of day to capture this as well. The colors are exceedingly complimentary to the light - or is it the other way around? Nevertheless, he is a good looking "monster" - very cool!

24 May 2011 4:20pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

great composition! love the tones

24 May 2011 4:58pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful perspective of this fancy sculpture of creature. Love the angle, colours, light and detail.
And an interesting story. Love it. :)

24 May 2011 5:03pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

A wonderful wide angle composition...great color and detail!

24 May 2011 5:33pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

super ! great angle ;)

24 May 2011 5:43pm

Steve from Sonoma, United States

Look out Godzilla... Whimsical shot

24 May 2011 6:16pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

What a strange animal

24 May 2011 6:58pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

Grate POV cool shot AAA+

24 May 2011 7:16pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is beautiful! What an oddity you found here. From this angle, the Bunyip seems to be part dog and part dragon. A thoroughly fun image.

24 May 2011 7:35pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

very fun monument.

24 May 2011 7:49pm

guillaume from Paris, France

Great effect !

24 May 2011 8:15pm

Dokmateo from madird, Spain

Great shot! Splendid angle...as if lesser that 18mm shot! Beautiful!!!

24 May 2011 10:09pm

Lara from Vienna, Austria

the modern corporate monster :)). great find!

25 May 2011 4:44am

BBM from Sussex, United Kingdom

Cool statue and capture !

25 May 2011 4:51am

Céline from New York City, United States

Very cute shot !

25 May 2011 6:05am

Anne from 新加坡, Singapore

SO COOL !!!!

25 May 2011 9:41am

k@ from Paris, France

As a screenwriter for cartoons, i love that, Stephen ! ;)

26 May 2011 11:08am

ORBIT from Kerman, Iran

AMAZING, Like it :D

27 May 2011 8:09pm

Goddess ☼ Ƹl¡ from Tehran, Iran

:)) its so funny

28 May 2011 7:11am

CATCHLIGHT from Reading, United Kingdom

That's a good catch with the wide angle, nice shot

30 May 2011 10:56pm

Estelle from Canberra, Australia

It's so nice to see Alexander giving people so much pleasure all round the world. I loved him ever since I was a little girl here growing up in the 70s and it was my idea to get the statue made. It started out as a joke, but the President of the Gungahlin Community Centre loved the idea and campaigned for the statue. I then had the great pleasure to sit on the committee responsible for choosing the artist. There were four designs we lookeId at, but Anne Ross' stood out. It was based on a sculpture called running man, and Alexander just looks so happy and free and there's a sense that he's running forward into the future. I was really thrilled with how the statue turned out. I still love to go there and look at him. The idea was that the kids could fall in love with him and feel like the area was safe and friendly because Alexander was there - give them a sense of ownership of the place and a love for the library. All these decades later Alexander is still making reading a pleasure for our little local Aussie kids. What a great photo it is! Thank you for posting it!

26 Nov 2011 9:28am

@Estelle: Thanks, Estelle. A lovely story you provide with these details about the sculpture.

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