The Walrus: A Perth Native

“Into Time, Into the Dream

The Moon and the Sun

Only from within can this love shine”

Such says the plaque, which seems a little at odds with the walruses on a rock motif. So the love can only shine from, er, within a walrus?


Sculptured by Vittorio and Lennard 1997

Location. Turn off Broun Avenue into Russel Street and right at Bunnings Morley. Between Galleria and The Morley markets. This main piece on a carpark roundabout between Russel Street and Walter Road. Smaller marine mammals at several other nearby locations. Why? Someone may know. Posted in Worst of the Worst, as I’ve never seen a worse example of public art in the city. I would be very shocked to see this one beaten, but if you can, surprise me.

About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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22 Responses to The Walrus: A Perth Native

  1. meccano says:

    I definately have a contender which I will attempt to photograph this week. It is in melbourne unfortunately but well worth a view.


  2. lazyaussie says:

    Well, I’m not against a little comparison. How about Melbourne’s awful Federation Square versus The Cultural (desert) Centre Northbridge?


  3. lazyaussie says:

    People not familar with the Morley area may not realise it is nowhere near the sea, but perhaps global warming will take care of that? Perhaps we will see Walruses flopping through The Galleria in my lifetime?


  4. meccano says:

    I’m sure there are cocos palms in the Galleria if unless I am mistaken. Maybe they are already preparing for Morely Beach.


  5. lazyaussie says:

    No they are very tall cotton palms in Galleria. Somewhat classier than the Cocos


  6. Cimbali says:

    I have so seen Walruses flopping through the Galleria – every time I go! Oh, wait, they may have been the residents of Morley.


  7. lazyaussie says:

    Did they have denim mini-skirts and ugg boots? That would be the test.


  8. lazyaussie says:

    Oh, Cimbali, if I recognise the email address and I think i do, I seem to remember St Barnabus church in Kalamunda was a contender for worst church. Is it still there? If it is, and is as ugly as I remember, can you get a snap of it for me?


  9. Cimbali says:

    Sure, I reckon you can get a pretty good view of St B’s from the pub over the road.
    By the way, now you have outed me as someone who frequents the Shire of Kalamunda, I am not sure we can avoid discussions about the Piddling Honkies? Like the Bell tower I am somewhat ambivalent about them. There is something about those 3 metre high, leaking, bronze gum nuts that warm the heart. Better the honkies you know I say.
    Photos to follow soon.


  10. lazyaussie says:

    I left my heart at Piddling Honky. I thought it piddling Honky was some tiny English Village. I know the sculpture. Yes get it. Non hilltop residents won’t have experienced it.


  11. Golden1 says:

    There are Piddling Honkies in other suburbs now – spotted some in Forrestfield and some under construction in High Wycombe – a slow infection from the hills – a bit like dieback.
    Speaking of High Wycombe – has the editor seen the “village of the damned” that is this suburb now. It is a shame for this site that the old Wycombe Country Club is no more…


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  14. I am the eggman, they are the eggmen.
    I am the walrus, goo goo g’joob.



  15. Junk for Code has put up a challenge against the walrus from a South Australian Giant lobster. It is truly hideous, but perhaps the difference is that the walrus was actually intended to be good, but the lobster was not. That’s how I see it anyway. It is well worth a look though.


  16. meccano101 says:

    It is amazing how a single theme can be interpreted so differently. I agree L.A The intention isn’t as much to create an art piece as to create a deliberate eyesore. It has more in common with the amateur signwriter of ‘rainblow’ fame than with the walruses.


  17. I think Rainblow was intended to be good as well.


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  19. Small reproduction of Dog sits on fuckerbox which I have mounted on a rock in my garden in mullaloo…


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  21. orbea says:

    The Walrus was Paul


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