A Giant Kookaburra Flew Into The Hills!

Students at Patricks Road State School enjoyed a visit from a giant kookaburra recently. Pictured are members of the PRSS Student Council (from left)- Daniel, Gabby, Sophie, Willow, Ava, Vara, Jackson and Jeremy, with Deputy Principal Michael Drake and classroom teacher Miss Jasmine Molineux.

On Tuesday 21st July students and teachers at Patricks Road State School enjoyed a visit from a giant kookaburra.

This massive kookaburra was constructed by Dr Farvardin Daliri from Townsville. He usually splits his time between Brisbane and Townsville but has been stuck in Brisbane due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Whilst here, he set to work in perfecting his most impressive masterpiece yet!

Initially, the giant bird was destined as a mascot for Townsville’s cultural festival. However, with uncertainty as to whether the festival would take place (due to the Coronavirus restrictions), Dr Daliri continued on with his project in order to bring a beacon of hope to communities throughout Australia.

‘At this point in time, the communities need laughter and joy, more harmony and optimism, and I thought this piece of art would captivate people’s imagination and get them laughing,’ Dr Daliri explains.

Construction of the giant kookaburra was no small feat as the sculpture is colossal! It measures 8.5 metres from tail to beak, stands at 4.5 metres tall, and weighs in at a hefty 750kg. The electronic kookaburra even emits its own iconic laugh!

‘The lower beak hangs with a motor that pulls a shaft up and down, with a sound effect that is also built-in, so the kookaburra can laugh for everyone to hear,’ Dr Daliri said.

Dr Daliri has spent the past few months touring around various communities, showcasing this iconic sculpture and spreading smiles to everyone he meets. 

For more information and to stay up to date with the giant kookaburra’s movements visit the giant kookaburra Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GiantKookaburra

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