He said the steel used to construct the letters wasn’t meant to last beyond its life at Expo ’88 and warned a complete rebuild would be cheaper than restoration.Mr Raedel said the society was up for the challenge.”One gentleman that is a volunteer at our village actually worked for Albert Smith Signs and was there when it was done so we’re probably a little bit ahead.” Two rusting “Australia” signs from Expo ’88 left languishing in a cow paddock are on their way to a Caboolture museum after being purchased by a mystery buyer.The weather-worn creations, painted by renowned artist Ken Done, were stored on a plot of land at Deception Bay’s Arethusa College for many years.With permission from the college, students advertised the steel sculptures on social media for $5,000. External Link:
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South Bank Corporation expressed an interest in the memorabilia ahead of Expo ’88’s 30th anniversary celebrations, but yesterday afternoon Caboolture Historical Society announced it was the new owner.Operations manager Greg Raedel said an anonymous buyer called him “out of the blue” to reveal he wanted to gift both signs to the museum.”I thought I’d lost the war for the signs but he rang me and said, ‘I’ve just bought it, it’s all yours’,” he said.”He’s passing it on to us to restore and display.”Mr Raedel said the six-metre-tall letters and “stacked” sculpture would end up at the Caboolture Historical Village, north of Brisbane.”There is this beautiful space as you come in and, yes, it will fit,” he said.”We measured it yesterday.”The stacked sign will go near our other iconic Expo building … our Expo toilet block.”The sign-writer who built the letters, Rodney Smith, told ABC Radio Brisbane they were in a sad state when he inspected them five years ago.
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A mystery buyer plans to donate Brisbane’s Expo ’88 signs. (Supplied: Kurt Jones)
'Australia' signs from Expo '88 for sale after spending years in cow paddock