Outrage after $22,000 of a taxpayer-funded grant was spent on a bizarre statue of a giant banana with a creepy skull carved into it
- A giant half-peeled banana with a human skull has been erected in Melbourne
- The statue cost $22,000 and was paid for from a taxpayer-funded grant
- TAC said they didn’t know the grant money would be spent on a banana
A statue of a banana with a skull in it has sparked outrage after it was revealed to cost a whopping $22,000.
The artwork, called Fallen Fruit, was erected on Rose Street in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
The sculpture was commissioned by the City of Yarra and paid for out of the $100,000 taxpayer-funded grant from the Transport Accident Commission (TAC).
The half-peeled banana with a human skull carved into the top is 6 feet (1.8 meters) high.
The half-peeled banana with a human skull carved into the top is 6 feet high
Artist Adam Stone created the piece that is supposed to reference “the 1970s phenomenon of oversized, kitschy roadside objects.”
‘Fallen Fruit wants to both enter into and undermine this tradition. The work does this by using the symbol of the banana, humanized by the addition of a human skull, a memento mori to meditate on our Western tendencies toward unstoppable desires and excesses,” according to the City of Yarra’s website.
“Using absurdity and humor as its entry point, this oversized pop object reveals the ‘infallibility’ of the superhuman figure as a social myth.”
The sculpture has led to mixed reactions from residents. Some say they love it while others are just confused.
Radio host Neil Mitchell wondered why part of the TAC grant was used to pay for it.
Head of Road Safety at the TAC, Samantha Cockfield, told 3AW they were unaware the money would be spent on a banana.
A spokeswoman for the municipality said the sculpture “activates” the area. She said it encourages increased pedestrian activity and has been “well received by residents and visitors alike”
“We are certainly happy with the whole project, glad that we were able to give more space to pedestrians in that specific location,” she said.
‘Did we know there would be a banana art part of the project? We weren’t.’
A spokeswoman for the municipality said the sculpture “activates” the area.
She said it encourages increased pedestrian activity and has been “well received by residents and visitors alike.”