Posted June 04, 2019 09:29:54The world’s oldest billboard was unveiled in Australia last week, and is one of the country’s best-known landmarks.
But how did it come to be?
The world-famous billboard, which has a life-size portrait of the Queen sitting on a throne in the background, is a replica of the one used in London by the British Embassy from 1926 until it was dismantled in 1987.
The mock-ups have been built at the Victoria & Albert Dock in Perth, but were not commissioned by the Australian Government.
“It’s a fantastic piece of history, it’s a beautiful piece of artwork, and it’s just a wonderful piece of heritage,” said Perth-based artist and landscape designer, Robson.
“When you see the Queen on it, you think, ‘That’s Australia’.”
Robson and his team built the replica by hand, with a team of more than 30 people, using materials from recycled cardboard, cardboard from a local hardware store and the roof of a local church.
It was a huge undertaking, and took Robson nearly three years to complete.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better artist to come up with this,” he said.
“The original billboard had been in the UK for 30 years and had a life expectancy of 20 years, but with the time and the technology we’re able to build a much more detailed, much more beautiful version.”
Robson said the replica was “beautiful in its own right” and would have been a popular tourist attraction if not for the fact that it was built in the middle of a busy road.
“You can’t take your eyes off it,” he explained.
“Because it’s so beautiful, it will be difficult to drive past and see it without thinking about it.”
While the replica has been installed in Perth for nearly two decades, the Queen has yet to visit the city.
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