December 18th 2010
An Assange sculpture for Magnetic Island?
Admiration for Magnetic Island's Julian Assange grows exponentially and, this week, one reader called for a statue to the world's wikiest whistleblower to be erected at Picnic Bay.
And while Magnetic Times is generally supportive of generally Assange-supportive efforts we question whether a "statue" is in fact the right approach. Statues have a rather old fashioned connotation and Julian Assange is anything but old-fashioned.
Our friends at Blogging Townsville picked up on the concept and began a facebook poll on the matter asking, "Would you donate $5 to help build a statue of Julian Assange on Magnetic Island?" (click here)
Our preference is however for a sculpture or even an installation which could take on the widest approaches imaginable to celebrating Magnetic's most famous son. Such a work could embrace any materials and ideas appropriate from digital technology to traditional and or recycled materials. Whatever the approach we think the work should embody the independence and free thinking, non-conformism Julian Assange has so creatively brought to the world.
While the tourism industry must be weighing up the options of whether it's a plus or minus to cash in on our controversial son, in drawing on Julian's Magnetic heritage, any work of art that, like so much public art these days, simply plays it safe as an attractive, passive, photo opportunity, would never do justice to our subject.
So what do you think? Should Julian Assange be celebrated with a sculpture and if so what ideas spring to mind? Let's not worry about funding and the formal approaches to council just yet. There's a poll on our front page and lots of space for readers' to get creative in our comments box below.
Article and cartoon: George Hirst
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