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Bunjil is on the move

28 Feb 2017

Bunjil will soon be on the move, but he’s not going far.

Lendlease has applied for planning permission to move the 25m, 20 tonne statue about 12m to the west.

The statue is being moved within the Wurundjeri Way road reservation to avoid decking that is being constructed as part of the Melbourne Quarter project.

The new location will be 8.22m from the northbound carriageway and 13.75m from southbound lanes, a location which VicRoads has deemed safe for traffic.

Places Victoria and artist Bruce Armstrong have also given their blessing for the move.

The planning application lodged on February 2 with the City of Melbourne estimates the cost of the move at $130,000.

The concrete base under the statue weights 95 tonne and was first erected on the site in 2002.

Melbourne Quarter project director, Brian Herlihy, said the statue would continue to have an “eagle eye’s” view of the Batman’s Hill precinct and Wurundjeri Way.

Places Victoria general manager Simon Wilson said: “It was our preference that the sculpture remain within the median strip of Wurundjeri Way in Docklands as it is an iconic piece of public art and it’s good to see this will be the case. We are also pleased that the artist, Bruce Armstrong, has been involved in the process.”

 

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