Sculpture big for tourism

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A dinosaur on the move has finally landed at Cable Beach.

Andy Greig’s “Zika” sculpture has been on display around Broome since winning the Shinju Matsuri A View to Asia Art Award last September and is now conquering Cable Beach for the dry season.

The theropod sculpture, made of industrial metal objects, was installed with a crane last Tuesday, much to the amusement of those passing by.

Since winning the award last year, the piece has become the mascot for the Dinosaur Protection Society in Broome and appeared at the town’s Christmas Party, among other events.

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However, no appearance so far can match the popularity of Cable Beach during dry season and Mr Greig is excited by this.

“It is amazing publicity for me and my sculpture,” he said.

“I’ve already had so much positive feedback since installation and I really hope this supports the whole town and attracts even more tourism to Cable Beach.”

Shinju Matsuri president Chris Maher described the sculpture as fantastic and was optimistic about its impact on tourism.

“This particular piece is good for tourism because it’s uniquely Broome,” he said. “It really fits in with the push for Broome to be a dinosaur coast. On top of that, it certainly sets the standard very high for our fourth View to Asia competition later this year.”

Mr Greig said sculptures were becoming his repertoire and he would be entering this year’s competition.

A View to Asia will run as part of Shinju Matsuri in September this year.

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