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Brisbane City Council has come to the rescue of an Eagle Street sculpture that gave rise to the “Hopoate Building” moniker.
Sebastian Di Mauro’s landmark aluminium sculpture of a finger pointing to the sky will be required to be returned to its original location as a condition of a $25 million refurbishment of 175 Eagle Street.
The hand, which formed part of a two-piece sculpture called Chat, was vandalised over the Christmas period and has been removed by the building’s owners, Charter Hall.
Although the sculpture is called Chat, it has become popularly known as the “Hopoate finger”, a reference to former rugby league player John Hopoate who in 2001 gained notoriety for poking opposing players in the backside.
Mr Di Mauro appreciated the Hopoate reference was “not endearing”, but said he was proud it had grabbed the public’s attention.
“I am thrilled that the work has been appreciated by the community,” he said.
“I feel that although the connotation of the name is not endearing it has become part of the social fabric of Brisbane’s history.
“The work has done what I intended it to do. Create a marker for the building and its location.”
(Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/hopo...)
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