Cairns’ giant statue of Captain James Cook has been moved by its new owner who bought the city’s most controversial tourist attraction for a dollar.
Far North Queensland’s most controversial tourist attraction has been moved from Cairns by its new owner, who bought the statue of Captain James Cook for a dollar.
The eight-meter-tall statue has stood for nearly 50 years on its perch on Sheridan Street.
Its removal from the block of land at the northern entrance to the city makes way for a teaching hospital at James Cook University.
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The removal of the giant statue has been twice postponed due to wet weather, but it was successfully dismantled on Tuesday using a large crane.
Demolition contractor Martin Anton purchased the rights to dismantle and remove the statue.
“We successfully placed it in the truck. There were lost things that could go wrong today, but luckily it didn’t. It went like clockwork,” Mr Anton told Sky News Australia.
The giant statue will make its “final tour” along the Palmerston Highway on Wednesday.
It will make its way from Cairns through Atherton, Mareeba and through the Tablelands before arriving at its final destination at a property in Mount Molloy.
“I would like someone to rebuild it, but I’m not sure of the most suitable place yet,” Mr Anton said.
Gimuy Walubara Yidinji, Isaac, who saw the statue being removed on Tuesday, said it was “a very ugly representation of this country”, reports the ABC.
“Hopefully it won’t be set up near Cairns.”