Thursday, November 02, 2006


OK, so I lied a little. The Poddington beastie was not the last in the series, but only because I found these last night when I was attempting to catalogue the hundreds of photos I have taken since I have been back in Sydney. I had totally forgotten about this fellow, so I was pleasantly surprised when my eyes fell upon him. He is/was on the cemetery wall in Newtown (the back wall is emblazoned with graffiti, I will show you some more at some point...very effective against the backdrop of the church, though I expect some of the churchgoers disapprove). Since the caged beast reminded us all of Where The Wild Things Are, I had to post this. Is it Joseph Stalin, or am I being podbrained again? I love the little "how did you do this?" scribble....

Oh and by the way, did you know that Spike Jonze is making the film version.....?


Anonymous James said...

I've been obsessing over this for a longer time than I should have....and still no luck. The face is very familiar. It's "engraved" like a money shot....except that the mustache and left eye (looks almost Egyptian) were rerendered. I have no idea. I'm sorry to say, tt is is not Stalin, nor does it appear to be any of the British prime ministers....I could have sworn it was going to be Eden. It kind of looks like President McKinley on the US $500 bill, but the hair is combed differently (and the mustache is non-existant)....I don't know. I'm going to keep looking for the rest of the day. Cheers.

It reminds me of some album artwork on the Godspeed You! Black Emperor album: Lift Your Tiny Fists Like Antenae to Heaven.....except I think those two figures were Washington and Jackson...slightly altered wearinging bandannas and cutting off people's hands.

OK, now I'm rambling. Night.

12:54 PM  
Anonymous James said...

OK, the person it reminds me of...and this is my final guess (for now) is 1940s-50s US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, an Anglophile who implemented the US policy of Containment and helped start the Cold War. In the past, he was harshly attacked by Joe McCarthy, and recently he didn't fare well in THIRTEEN DAYS.
Again, not sure but the combed hair and mustache fit....and heck, maybe the wild things here are the Reds...

1:10 PM  
Blogger Pod said...

JAMES - i admire your obsession and hard work, and rambling is great. there is another rambler around too, so never fear! what a wealth of knowledge you are. i am still unsure, the face is very familiar, and it does look like a banknote face. SOMEBODY HELP US!

6:29 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Well, Pod. I won the Mr Man competition so I'm hoping I'll win here!! (I don't think so somehow).

The grafitti artists round your way seem to be a)fantastic artists and b) very well educated and informed.

Finally, yes, that is definitely derived from the Maurice Sendak Wild Things. I will ponder that face but I hadn't heard of half of the people James was suggesting.

Back later. (As for the linking message on my blog - no probs Pod, I haven't linked you yet either, in fact I haven't linked anyone much - must get onto it! Bye)

6:41 PM  
Blogger Inconsequential said...

i rather like the phrase that seems to go with it...

i'll eat you up....

it's tinkling a little bell...

7:22 PM  
Blogger lettuce said...

hahaha - well, looks a bit like uncle Joe to me.

lets hope the film is good. Did anyone see the stage version? (not me, unfortunately)

(well, unfortunately if it was any good)

(rambling now....)

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, that "how did you do this?" is brilliant isn't it? :O)

Plus that face... I keep staring at him 'cause I know he looks like someone??

Perhaps that's the whole point..

10:27 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

You're not going to believe this, but I figured it out.

I Googled "Newtown cemetery wall wild things" and got the following page:

Someone on that page identified the guy as Sir John Monash, who's on the Australian $100 note. And sure enough, it's him.

3:50 AM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

Well, I'd never have got by just looking and thinking!

ten out of ten for initiative for Steve there!

(round of applause)

4:18 AM  
Anonymous James said..., Steve deserves a drink. Cheers to him

4:45 AM  
Blogger Molly Bloom said...

I love the chubby lil thing. It's cute. And well done that man for tracking it down! How cool.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Kitty said...

Oh I'm a bit late here, aren't I - too much sailing in and out of days and weeks I suppose? Never mind, I expect my supper is here waiting for me and that it is still hot.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

STEVE!! - well done! i am suitably impressed at your efforts. you are the winner. top of the class for you young man. i hasten to add that i am not australian, hence my not knowing who the face was. even the ozzies i asked didnt know!


RW - sorry love, but you lost this time! there are some great works around sydney if you know where to look. i love wondering around and getting lost and finding things.

INC - i love that saying to. tinkle tinkle

LETTY - i missed the stage version. and who is uncle joe??

TRAC - its very clever hey? hope you're well x

MOLLY + JAMES - aint he a clever boy?

KITTY - come on love, keep up! x


10:17 AM  
Blogger Eleuktra Starsoft said...

That "how did yu do this" is excellent. It's like a blog comment. But just the though of one artist reaching out to another, but using small writing so as not to distract attention away from the work. It's so respectful.

But then, lots of people noticed it, so it did draw attention away! Ahhh!

3:30 AM  
Blogger Pod said...

E.SS - it adds to it though. i love that

9:40 AM  
Anonymous John - Melbourne said...

And let me tell you it will be the best movie for years. I have been on set and it looks absolutely superb!!

10:08 PM  

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