Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Koala House Koalas


The Koala House in Brisbane City isn't quite what you might think it should be. There aren't any real koalas there. Located on the corner of Creek and Adelaide Streets at number 256, Perhaps its main claim to fame is that it houses the Oshin Japanese Restaurant. There's also an Apple Computer store as well as an express food outlet. However, as you can see, there are two fine looking koalas on the roof!

I have no real idea about the origins of this particular koala sculpture, although from the back they are looking a little worse for wear. They seem to have been there for a considerable amount of time, overlooking the goings on of Adelaide Street. If anything, they probably hark back to the sleepier times of the 1960's or 70's but I have no real verification of that.

To me, the image of the koalas evokes an interesting response. The joey koala looks on somewhat startled at the goings on below him. The mother sits stoically positioned in the crux of the tree, knowing that she isn't going anywhere in a hurry. The framework of the tree holds them safely above, as a steady gum would in their natural environment.

Cheers, I Love Brisbane, Wes.

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6 comments:

Cheeky said...

Ohhh I think Koalas are cute....but I hear they aren't the friendliest of creatures....

Jodi said...

Here I am! Aren't you ambitious former Angry Dad? A new picture every SINGLE day of 2007? Holy Moly. I will keep reading. Please still give us some cute stories about the kids, PLEASE....

Melody said...

International Tourists would love this wouldn't they?

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Many people crazy about koalas and yes many tourist and native people also love to see this place.

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Anonymous said...

This Koala statue was placed by a duty free company called Darrel James. They went under when they tried some shady deals. I remember the day these went up, and I think it was about 1987 or so.