Lower Light’s popular political art piece, the cockroach, landed in Rundle Mall late last year and has become a major talking point amongst visitors.
Following an outcry from the public after it was removed, at the request of the landholders, from its site along Port Wakefield road, the State Government chipped in $1000 to have it restored, with well-known media personality, Andrew “Cosi” Costello behind the push to have the piece showcased in Adelaide’s central shopping precinct.
The sculpture is one of seven created during the late 1990s as a protest against the State government, led by then premier, John Olsen, constructing a waste dump on the outskirts of Dublin. Other sculptures included a rat, an observatory tower, a Ned Kelly figure on horseback, a space ship, a tin man, and a giant fly.
Statue creator, Steve Jones, said the cockroach being in Rundle Mall had created a lot of conversation, particularly on Facebook.
“I’ve heard from those I know who have gone to see the cockroach,” Mr Jones said.
“It is a big hit with kids and at times (they) have to wait a turn to get a selfie.
“It’s been a great source of interest and amusement for many.”
The cockroach is set to remain in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall for a few more weeks.