Monday, August 18, 2014

Mr Darcy

Now, there is no doubt Colin Firth who played Mr Darcy is a handsome chap and his body was very nicely outlined as he emerged from swimming in lake but I find this sculpture quite ghastly. Thankfully it is only polystyrene and will soon disintegrate. Hmmm, I remember what happened when petrol leaked onto my father's polystyrene drink chiller. The polystyrene liquefied.

The sculpture has toured lakes in England and came to Australia (someone paid for this?) from Lyme Park in Cheshire. The Lyme Park estate was used as Mr Darcy's home.

Here he is in the lake at Lyme Park. Serpentine. The Age.


He appeared at Melbourne's Docklands. The Age.


At the historic Ripponlea estate in Melbourne. Both photos below by Martin Purslow.


The perfect opportunity to bury it into the Ripponlea lake mud was lost.

31 comments:

  1. That is truly grotesque. The sooner it meets its maker the better.

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  2. Andrew, so funny. I like it.

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    1. Gosia, do you know what a pinata is? What fun I could have with it.

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    2. Andrew, PINATA an object in the shape of an animal, etc. that contains sweets . It is hung up at parties and children hit it with sticks to break it open and release the sweets. Am I right ?

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  3. I'd be waiting for a drought

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    1. There's a great idea by Cathy for you John.

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  4. It's here till the end of September promoting weddings and all the trappings attached - after that who knows where.
    Maybe we could post it on to John in Wales - he could have a decoration at his wedding bash in the village!
    Cathy

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    1. Terrific idea Cathy. We don't want it here.

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  5. I like it: it's a bit of a larf. Only your last photo makes clear that it is on a superhuman scale.

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    1. Marcellous, that is what I would do if I came across it, laugh.

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  6. What would Jane Austen think?

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    1. Victor, faintly amused?

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    2. More like faintly bemused, I would think.

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  7. Apparently the script had him naked. First pic is the Serpentine in Hyde Park when it stopped in London.

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    1. Scott, well he could have been bare topped at least. Thanks for the correction. Means I have to correct the post. Yes, thanks heaps.

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  8. I wonder what Colin Firth thinks of this giant sized replica? Don't think it would go down well at Lyme Park!

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    1. Fun60, maybe it was never at Lyme Park? Firth would roll his eyes, I expect.

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  9. This replica is disturbing on so many levels...

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    1. Keith, I find it so. It's creepy.

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  10. I thought he was being baptised!

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    1. Hels, that did not occur to me, but I see what you mean.

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  11. Oh my, that's way too much polystyrene Colin Firth :) I hope he doesn't think he's coming to Perth jhahahaha!

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    1. Grace, he is to become a permanent feature at Elizabeth Quay.

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    2. That's so not funny Andrew :)

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  12. Yikes, he looks rather scary ! Like a corpse emerging out of the water, lol !

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    1. Gattina, yes, the living dead.

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  13. It's so creepy, but I love it.

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    1. You're welcome to it Dina.

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  14. Ergh, that's nightmare inducing creepy.

    I much preferred Elliot Cowan as Mr Darcy, in Lost in Austen. Such a good series.

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    1. I had to google Cowan...nice.

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