My boyfriend shouted “I see it” and before I had time to clarify where, my jaw had dropped and I got a little misty eyed. Coming in as one of our most acclaimed Big Things, I honestly had low expectations about the prawn - I’d seen a lot of seafood related big things and they’d always fallen short of the wow factor. Well not Mr Prawn, he exceeded every expectation.
As someone who loves Big Things I’ve never encountered a big thing before on such a scale and with such amazing construction and detail and to think in just 2009 Ballina council had approved it’s demolition. Perhaps I wouldn’t of been singing the prawn’s praises quite as much if Bunnings (of all places) hadn’t of took over the project when they bought the land, moved him 100m onto new stilts, gave him a tail (finally) and a fresh coat of paint, setting them back $400,000. I really can only sing their praises – looking back at photos of the old prawn – have a peak here and check out the bad graff he had to wear too, it’s one dramatic improvement- though I do wonder about those mysterious windows! Really the only way I can fault the prawn is that you can’t touch him or go inside and the background is either the bunnings building or an empty lot :(
I will say though being on stilts is at least a step up (ha ha) from being on top of a building – where he used to sit. He feels a lot more accessible now and a lot more amazing now he finally has a tail!
Size: 9m x 9m (including stilts)
507 River St, Ballina NSW 2478
(you’ll need to exit the pacific mwy to reach ballina)
Photo Taken: Jan 2014
(this is the only time my scoring system has let me down, I think the prawn’s sheer size – check out the photo (I’m the little peg at the bottom) and aesthetics alone almost make the prawn deserving of a close to perfect score – also I usually give seafood related big things 0/5 on the unusual but he is just so darn cool I bent my own rules! Also did I mention I love prawns!!)