Living With A Cockroach Sculpture

Cockroach Sculpture

Cockroach Sculpture
Photo: xaragma

The public appreciates art inspired by beauty in nature and warms to large, aesthetically pleasing sculptures. Sculptures that are not aesthetically pleasing are not as well received. So why does Adelaide, Australia have a giant cockroach sculpture in a mall?

The sculpture originated as a protest piece. Locals upset about a proposed waste dump in their backyard protested. Sculptures of rats, toxic waste containers and The Cockroach were created anonymously and placed at the site as symbols of the ugliness and environmental degradation of a dump.

The cockroach remained for more than a decade before disappearing. It was located in a scrap yard and purchased for display by friends of the cockroach. On display at a local mall, it generates talk (free advertisement). Does it still have symbolic value?

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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2 Responses to Living With A Cockroach Sculpture

  1. Dave Rentz says:

    This scupture is on p. viii of my book “A Guide to the Cockroaches of Australia”. Sorry to hear it has been moved. It may get more publicity in the mall!

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