A Watsonia-based group of guerilla artists are reportedly contemplating a copycat installation of Northcote’s famous golden head, in a desperate attempt to piggyback on the inner-north’s stronger reputation for artistic flair and bohemian sensibilities. A rogue source from within the local group contacted The Watsonia Bugle to reveal the plan, but requested strict anonymity due to grave fears for their safety.
According to the source, “Just as Mark Twain once said: ‘There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope.’ These guys have seen Northcote’s golden head become an Internet phenomenon, and they want Watsonia to be able to leverage the same kind of online traction and social media coverage.”
The source said they came to the Bugle because, “I know you’ve always supported the underground art scene in the Diamond Valley. You guys get us. First it was the witches hat thing, then the Oreo smear, then the footy boots dangling from the powerlines. Art is a difficult concept to grasp. It’s complex, nuanced and layered. But you guys have always understood it to its very core.”
While the source was happy to hint at the possibility of a copycat art installation, they remained tight-lipped about a potential location for the piece. They said, “I can only say so much. Obviously it needs to be somewhere prominent and culturally significant. We don’t really have a site that rivals the panoramic views of All Nations Park, but we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve.”