$174,000 Rundle Mall 'Pigeon' sculpture leaves some Adelaidians in a flap

 

They’re known as the rats of the sky, but Adelaide’s newest piece of street art has paid a grounded homage to the humble city-dwelling bird.

A $174,000 statue of a giant pigeon is the new centrepiece of the Rundle Mall upgrade, but it has left some dissenters in a flap.

The stainless steel structure - titled: ‘Pigeon’ - was unveiled by the City of Adelaide on Friday to pay tribute to our feathery friends in a “quirky and intriguing way”.

Local artist Paul Sloan said he wanted to elevate the “humble pigeon” with the sculpture, which stands more than two metres tall.

City of Adelaide Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor says she hopes the artwork will draw visitors into the CBD.

Pigeon stands at a towering 2m tall on the corner of Gawler Place and Rundle Mall.
Pigeon stands at a towering 2m tall on the corner of Gawler Place and Rundle Mall. Credit: City of Adelaide

“I think this is going to be one of the most photographed pieces of art in the City of Adelaide,” she said.

Verschoor says she can’t wait to see Rundle Mall’s Instagram feed as everybody gets a “piece of Pigeon”.

She says the cost is a small price to pay for a drawcard piece of public art.

“It’s a great piece by Paul Sloan and I’m really thrilled that we could unveil it at a time when we’re asking ex-Adelaidians to flock home,” Verschoor said.

But not everyone is a fan of the mega bird.

The City of Adelaide spent $174,000 commissioning the bird.
The City of Adelaide spent $174,000 commissioning the bird. Credit: City of Adelaide

First images of the artwork prompted a less-than enthused response from Adelaidians.

“This is abhorrent,” one commenter said.

“As if 2020 wasn’t bad enough,” another wrote.

‘Pigeon’ sits at the corner of Gawler Place and Rundle Mall, outside the Nespresso store - just metres from the Mall’s iconic bronze pigs.

 

 

 

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