Skip to comments.33-Foot-Tall Big Mango Sculpture Stolen in Australia
Posted on 02/25/2014 10:50:09 AM PST by nickcarraway
Officials at an Australian tourism center said the nearly 33-foot-tall Big Mango sculpture has been stolen from its northern Queensland home.
The Bowen Tourist Information Center said staff arrived for work Monday and discovered the sculpture -- which weighs 7.7 tons and is worth $81,369 -- was missing from its usual spot in front of the center, the Brisbane Times reported Monday.
Bowen Tourism chairman Paul McLaughlin said security video footage shows at least six people using heavy equipment and cranes to cart off the Big Mango between midnight and 2 a.m. Monday.
"It wouldn't have been an easy thing to shift, but someone's done a pretty good job of borrowing it," McLaughlin told Fairfax Media.
McLaughlin said he was not angry about the theft, which some have theorized may be a publicity stunt orchestrated by the Banjo Advertising firm in Sydney.
"At the end of the day it's a bloody big mango and I'm sure someone will see it and we'll find it anyway," he said. "I think it'll definitely turn up, no doubt about that. We're not sure what has happened but I'm sure we'll get it back."
One has to ask, Why?.
Dear Bowen Tourist Information Center:
I am currently holding your Big Mango sculpture. It is in a safe location.....for now.
If I do receive a ransom of one MILLION dollars (in small untraceable bills), I shall destroy it with an invention I call a “laser”.
Dr. Evil (aka, AnAmericanAbroad)
PS - tell AC/DC I’m really looking forward to seeing them live the next time they come to my neck of the woods.
"...???...just wait till we see the 58 ft tall pile of monkey dung"
All kinds of silly mayhem happens during Bush Week, which the police turn a blind eye, then afterwards, life is restored to normal.
The Exotic Fruit Cartel strikes ...
I thought an Ostrich took it and wanted to hatch it.
I thought it was filled with ice and beer and was sailing to Tasmania.
I thought maybe it ran away with a plum.
No one noticed?
Auzzies love their big thing. All up the east coast are big bananas, big merinos, big clams, big oysters, and of course, formerly a big mango.
I can not tell a lie.
I took it.
We are on a world wide tour of Latin disco places and we plan to take photos,
Lots of photos.