Mural to be ripped down in five years' time?
According to a respected retired teacher of art and art history, the representation of the pelican on the mural at Woy Woy Oval bears little semblance to reality.
This travesty of an ancient bird is nothing more than a Frankenstein-like creation assembled from the beak of a stork or kite with the head of an American vulture, whoops I meant eagle, that has then been turned into road kill by a steam roller or B Double.
The pelican beak developed more than one million years ago has obviously has been re-bioengineered by the American poetic license of the artist.
Why was this undoubtedly outrageously expensive excuse for artistic endeavour not undertaken by one of the many excellent local artists who, from early childhood, know that pelican beaks are pink not red.
Perhaps colour confusion with red-legged flamingos is occurring or is it blood spatter from being turned into cosmetic colouring?
There also appears to be a problem with the feet that on the mural appear to be more suitable to the character used to promote a well-known Scottish sounding hamburger store.
Obviously the children have been inadequately taught in the physical functioning and observation of the distinctive features of the bird.
However since Disney commenced popularising animals through caricature, the ability of the eyes of children now fails to distinguish reality and results in such abominations as the Woy Woy Oval Franken-pelican.
Thus do we now have no worthy role models or even a grasp of reality, instead preferring the stupor of psychiatric drugs, alcohol, political and fraudster spin-doctoring through television and newspapers and to deny us reality?
Like the Jesuits say "give us a child til seven and our indoctrination will last for life": A worthy symbolic artefact for future generations to look at and wonder why this generation got it so wrong when they had the magnificent live pelicans regularly flying by?
Or is there a plot, like the path to oblivion of the humble bee through insecticides, to send the pelican along the route of the dodo who it shares similarities of beak with?
Perhaps that is why this expensive mural will be ripped down in five years' time.
Email, 31 Dec 2016
Richard Newby, Horsham