July 8, 2020

Big Things

(and other roadside relics)

Illustration: Jordan Silver

Have you ever noticed that our regional highways and towns are littered with a collection of enormous ageing beasts? Affectionately known as Big Things – a Big Banana, Big Pineapple, Big Ned Kelly – these structures were once our best answer to how to boost tourism in our towns.

These days, our Big Things are in a state of decay. In some places, we’re not quite sure what to do with them. If you thought there might be a more sophisticated way to ‘put places on the map’ you’d be right.

Speaking with ABC’s Kia Handley, Jordan Silver, editor of Towards Small Things, takes a look at the kinds of buildings that could serve our tourism needs today.

Duration: 9:01

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