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Because of the poorly managed politics that interfered with the process, we have all been denied the pleasure of seeing another Mark Egan sculpture in Alice Springs.
I reckon it’s OK wherever they put it, as long as it finally goes somewhere.

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Bob (Posted August 27, 2012 at 11:02 am),
There are few aspects of our modern life that I abhor more than the ever present and growing gun culture. It taints our life from the assassination orders documented as coming from the Obama White House to Mexican drug cartels to random acts in alleyways and on street corners. Look at the Middle East! Mozambique has a Kalashnikov of its flag. Video games seem to be all about killing.
As depressing as all that is, I think it’s drawing a long bow to equate the Stuart statue with any of it.
I do agree with you that the statue would be better placed elsewhere, and to that end I hope the Heritage Minister does not allow it onto Stuart Park. A far better place for it, in my opinion, would be on top of the rocky hill that separates the car park from the lawns at the Old Telegraph Station. If put there facing north it would be in its correct historical setting, and a background of blue sky would suit it well.
Every tourist that visits Alice is directed to the Telegraph Station. They could walk up the hill and read a bit about our history.
But I’m not holding my breath. I think it will probably go in Stuart Park on Stuart Terrace in a town that was originally named Stuart.
I only hope Council has budgeted for maintenance. Paint bombs might be the least of it.


Home at last?
I haven’t checked this post in awhile and didn’t realise the gun was still an issue.
In its defence, I would point out that on the one hand it is historically accurate, and that on the other it makes a tripod – a stable construction for an object as big and heavy as the Stuart statue.
I’m with those who see no more of an issue in it than with the Anmatjere Man’s spear, another tripod.
The statue itself is a monumental work. Let’s get it up.
And from memory, didn’t Howard move on guns after Port Arthur, a demented tragedy of US dimensions that gave him the political capital to make his historic move. I have often thought that Howard did two things which I could agree with – at the beginning of his reign he moved on guns and at the end he brought in the Intervention.


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