The progress of a giant talking cockatoo will be unveiled at the Carnival of Joy artwork blessing ceremony on 19 April 2021 in Brisbane. Local artist, Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM who previously created the giant kookaburra and a giant koala as symbols of unity will update sponsors and the community on his progress with his latest artwork creation; a giant talking cockatoo.
“With the isolating changes covid has brought to our lives, I have realised how important it is to celebrate the positivity of community, diversity and hope” said Dr Farvardin Daliri OAM.
“What better way to celebrate this, than with a giant talking cockatoo that will say hello in many different languages?” Farvardin commented.
“The giant koala and giant kookaburra captivated the community, gaining international media attention. We are hoping the giant talking cockatoo will be as big a hit,” he said.
The giant talking cockatoo sculpture comprising of 750kgs of steel, fibreglass, ceramic, natural fibre and paint will stand an impressive 4.2 metres tall once complete.
The Carnival of Joy artwork blessing ceremony will include a Welcome to Country, blessing and smoking ceremony by local Aboriginals elders. The event will be attended by community leaders including the Carnival of Joy Ambassador and Australian of the Year (Qld) Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM.