Monday, June 14, 2010

So, I Return From All That Tropical Island/Hawaiian Shirt/Pina Colada Bizzo, Only to Find a Large Head Has Taken Up Residence in The Driveway...



Needless to suggest, the neighbours and local dog walkers have been buzzing with some consternation. The guerilla knitting was bewildering enough for many but now poor Slav, who lives directly opposite, has developed a nervous tick. There is only so much continual, direct eyeballing, from a two metre, bronze, ex-(dead) Prime Minister, one can take.



John Next Door, in a burst of heroism, has volunteered to put us all out of our misery and deliver Alfred to the nearest truck bound for Canberra, while the Mr does his level best to fly ahead and find Alfred a more suitable home. In an attempt to minimise the alarm of peak hour motorists, John Next Door will undertake the Head-on-Trailer commute in the cover of pre-dawn. Only then, will many around here be breathing easier over their corn flakes.



I won’t be breathing easy until I get the call from the Mr somewhere around Thursday, informing me that the right pins fit in the right holes, that it didn’t rain so the concrete set, that the stonework is beautiful, that Alfred looks perfectly at home and with a bit of luck, the Mr might make it back in time for dinner and that celebratory pina colada.

41 comments:

peppermintpatcher said...

Amazing! Just amazing!

Melanie said...

That is spectacular! As a daughter of two vets, I remember a camel once taking up residence in our driveway, but never a giant head!

Cherie said...

You're killing me what's going on ... LOL, LOL? More, more, more,please ;-)

A Peppermint Penguin said...

You said giant. The photos make it look big, certainly. But 2 metres!?!? Wow.

So the neighbourhood petition for you never to move is going well then? Let's face it, it would be SO dull without you guys.

Has the headsitting child had a go at it yet?

Cheers,
AJ

anniem said...

OMG I love it!!! But I will admit my ignorance of Australian prime ministers and ask...What is with the "Silence of the Lambs" headgear? Inquiring minds want to know??? I NEED a full on head shot so I can see this in its full glory.

Andi said...

Sorry but .... giggle!!!

Thea said...

That would be a scarey sight but boy, your mister really does have talent :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

But you aren't going to send him off without a pompom hat ? I've heard it can get quite chilly in Canberra .

Angus in Northcote said...

I seldom gush on these pages, but

THAT'S JUST AWESOME!

The Deak-ster, complete with "don't fall apart" structural bands: if he was that big, no wonder they named a (second-tier) university after him.

p.s. welcome back

Amanda said...

Wow, It would be a little disconcerting seeing that everyday when you look out the window. But at the same time how often does something like that take up residence in your neighborhood for a short bit...Very cool and I hope it finds it's new home safely. Oh and welcome back :)

Cathy {Tinniegirl} said...

You could have sold tickets to your place on the weekend and made yourself a tidy little bit of cash.

That is absolutely amazing.

I hope one day that I do get to see some of the Mr's work in person. It's amazing.

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I am (almost ) speechless, it is so beautiful. How fabulous that you have it out the front for all to enjoy. I often wondered " who makes those things...?" now I know its Angus from Northcote....

One Flew Over said...

truly exceptional...

Tracey said...

ok, so I am imagining that Mr M&E made that spectacularly large head? Will you be whipping up a spectacularly large beanie to keep said ex prime ministers head warm on his pre dawn trip to our nations capital?

Cindy said...

Wow, nice work Mr, I may have to do a sneaky drive past to see if that is ok as it looks truly amazing. If you need any help dropping the kids off in what is sounding like a busy week, let me know - I can fit in 2.
So as a token of his undying love is there a Tania one in the works to adorn the front yard?

Real Life Reslers said...

Your hubby made that? Wow! Just tell the neighbors it's a really large lawn gnome!

Cute as Buttons said...

Don't know if smallest M&E is impressed with the large head but if he told me to put my jumper on I would probably hop to it...just a thought. Alfred is probably above such domestic trials. Hooray - you are back. Lisa x

fi said...

i think your mister is one clever chappy and if i lived across le street from you i wouldnt even raise an eyebrow;)

Nikki said...

Love it! Bugger sending it to Canberra. Surely suburban Melbourne could do with a few driveway monuments....?

Chicken Willow said...

Well it's a talking point. Very nice work.

Tanya said...

That has totally cracked me up. I too have pondered 'who makes these things'. That is super cool in a very amusing way.

Ahh, our neighbours 'crucified' a lamb over a fire on the weekend in celebration of the Queens Birthday. It takes all sorts, doesn't it?!

Jodie said...

I want to live in your street!

Umatji said...

ah, that is great - I agree with many that I would love to have you as our neighbour. Giant heads make the best drive way decos for sure - much better than wee badly painted long suffering gnomes!

ecoMILF said...

it looks amazing. i'd be quite happy to have such a spectacular spectacle in my driveway- such entertainment for all! xom.

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

oh goodness. your life sounds a little my sister's. her husband like to make large sculptures requiring large trailers to move... the joys of being married to talented men.

Sandrine said...

This is such timely post Tania, I just come back still amazed at Ron Mueck exhibition in Brisbane...And I was just thinking that would be such an interesting thing to read about his wife (if he has one)...and has all these giants sculptures would fit in their daily life!?
So you gave me some insight!;)
Congratulation to the Mr his work looks amazing!
PS: and well done for your little R&R too!;)xx

CurlyPops said...

Hee hee imagine if your neighbours walked around with visible thought bubbles so you could see exactly what they think when they come across giant bronze heads in the driveway!

Anonymous said...

T
I see a few potential reasons for the neighbors to be anxious:
the Hannibal Lactor-ish head gear alone may do it;
anything described as a 'rather large (dead) ex-Prime Minister' must be disconcerting;
but I figure ANY politician in an election year would be enough to do it...

At least he's not wearing Speedos.
Well not from what we can see.
W

Fer said...

Wha..? Is this what the Mr does in his spare time, collect PM heads? :D

dillpickle said...

How fantastic! Bronze sculptures are rather special, particularly when they're enormous!

Hang in there until Thursday xx

Megan.K. said...

Wow! What a great bronze. Hope we see more of him.
x

Caroline said...

Hmm, a bronzed Aussie. I see that the neighbours went beyond their usual curtain twitching in the direction of the M&E household and actually came out of their doors to check it out. Great stuff.

flowerpress said...

I agree, Alfie needs a boyfriend hat ASAP!
Its cold down there!
Congrats to Mr M&E :-)
I want to see the other drivers faces as he makes his way east!!!

Christie said...

Wishing 'affable Alfred’ a speedy & safe journey to his new digs

That Mr of your is a bit (read: a lot) talented.

I was saving up for a blue pelican, but now I want an Alfred!

Amy Paul said...

Holy Crap!
that's very impressive.
especially for your neighbours!!
Have a happy day.
xx Amy

Kirsty said...

Absolutely fabulous.

I also want to live in your street. Not just because of the excellent street art but also to have such fabulous neighbours.

Hope he travels well.

Christina said...

Fantastic! I would love to have him staring at my house. (Much better than the kids across the road who put stink bombs in my letter box! :) )
Hope everything went to plan.

Leonie Guld said...

Now thats TALENT!!

nikkishell said...

Oh that is so damn fabulous!

Tas said...

Oh. My.

Michelle said...

That was your Mister?? It's in the Canberra Times this morning! We both commented how much we loved it over our muesli this morning. I'm going to take a drive over to Deakin on the weekend and take a closer look!!

Let me know if you want me to send you a copy of the paper!

PS Tell the Mister "Congratulations!"