Update, 3.10pm, Wednesday afternoon
Crate Man has been removed less than a day after he appeared in Rosalind Park.
City of Greater Bendigo’s heritage gardens coordinator Orrin Hogan said the removal was to make way for the Artlands cultural event that is being staged in the park from today through to Sunday.
Crate Man’s builders are not surprised.
“It was pretty much expected. If it all goes to lunchtime we are exceedingly happy,” one builder, who asked to remain anonymous, said.
Until council removed the installation, Crate Man stood next to letters spelling “HAHA” - a reference to the upcoming Bendigo Comedy Festival.
So, what will council do now that it has roughly 60 to 70 milk crates on its hand?
“The city is happy to return the crates to their rightful owner,” Mr Hogan said.
Alas, Crate Man’s builders will not be claiming them back.
“We borrow the crates from various locations, where we are thankful to get access,” a builder said.
11pm, Tuesday night
Crate Man has arisen again, this time to support a local comedy festival.
He was assembled on Tuesday night in Rosalind Park.
Yet builders are unsure how long he will be with us. It will all depend on when the City of Greater Bendigo decides to removes him.
The last time Crate Man appeared in Rosalind Park the council acted within hours, according to one of its builders.
“But there have been other times and locations where Crate Man has lasted a few days. It all depends on how council views it,” the builder said.
“Crate Man was, and is, a university based thing. It’s gone for many, many years. There’s been many people behind it,” the Crate Man builder said.
“It’s all about acting up and not being responsible while at uni – all that kind of stuff.”
In Crate Man’s time appearing around town we have met his wife and kids, his dog and seen him deliver messages both irreverent and serious.
Earlier this year he appeared in Flora Hill with a green cube – a reference to an 11-minute parody video of cartoon show Rick and Morty.
Interested in seeing me?— Crate Man Bendigo (@cratemanbendigo) October 9, 2018
Interested to see how my builders will be using me to promote the Bendigo Comedy Festival?
Come see tonight in Rosalind Park in central Bendigo - and get some live performance art if you are lucky!
Among his many other appearances, he has tested out a $28,370 seat installed in Mitchell Street by the council and stood in silent protest against the possible closure of the Discovery Centre.
This time Crate Man is throwing his weight behind the Bendigo Comedy Festival, which starts this Thursday and continues through to Saturday.
His builders are excited about the event, which they said would bolster Bendigo’s vibrant arts scene.
The festival will feature performances from some of Australia’s best comedians including Nick Capper, Alex Ward, Daniel Connell, Elliot Goblet and 2018 Most Popular New Talent Logie winner Dilruk Jayasinha.
For more information on the event click here.
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