Nearly two years ago, the residents of Northcote were first captivated by the big ones Gold head, another gilded guerrilla work of art has appeared on the same floor in All Nations Park.
“Wow, she’s beautiful!” exclaimed a member of the Northcote Plaza Appreciation Society Facebook group after seeing a report on the spot yesterday that a fifth anonymously installed statue, this one on its own gold plinth, had appeared almost exactly a year ago last.
This is the third year in a row that a golden bust has been secretly installed on site during the week of the January 26 holiday, raising questions about the connection it may have to the date.
Six months ago, it seemed that the bizarre saga – which has involved vandalism, wild societal speculation and council intervention – could be over. Last July, the Darebin Council facilitated a charity auction of the original statue, Gold Head I, bringing in an impressive $ 7,195 – but the statues keep popping up, and this week’s addition brings the number of employees to five.
As with previous rates, Guldhoved V has attracted lots of online attention. And local devotion to the seductive busts seems unbridled by time, with a passionate Facebook user sending out a public prayer for surveillance around the clock of the latest arrival: “Okay, we all have to take turns guarding the idol … hands up, who’s first? “