Giant Matilda the Kangaroo

Matilda the Kangaroo is a previous Australian Olympic mascot. She is now able to flutter her long eyelashes at all those who stop for refreshment. The original Matilda was built for the Commonwealth games over 20 years ago. Natureworks has now refurbished a slimmer version – its head can turn 45 degrees in two directions, and one eye winks!

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Giant Matilda the Kangaroo – Refurbished

The original Matilda was built for the Commonwealth Games over 30 years ago. Natureworks has now refurbished a slimmer version and allows it head to turn 45 degrees in two directions and one eye winks.

Her Story

The original Matilda stood at 13 metres tall and made her debut at the Commonwealth Games in 1988. She was the star of the show but was never designed and fabricated to weather the elements and the passage of time. She was stored away in a paddock and forgotten about for some years before being bought by the Matilda Petrol Station Group in about 2007. They spent well over $100,000 to renovate her and relocated this icon to their signature servo north of Gympie, where she resides hidden from the passing traffic in the new roadhouse sold by the Matilda Fuel Group to the new owners “PUMA” who relinquished their connection with the kangaroo. Prior to the sale, Matilda Group intended to use this ICONIC figure as their mascot, to reside over their vision for what was to be hundreds of Matilda service stations Australia-wide.

Natureworks was engaged to re-design a slimmer version without losing the spirit of the original sculpture. The rear end of the original Roo was over 4.2 metres wide and posed a problem for both fabrication and transport of the piece, so this width at the hips was reduced to 2.4 metres and the height to 9.0 metres, making it easy to transport.  The head and ears were built as separate components and Natureworks installed the first piece at Tugun on the Gold Coast in 2009.

When negotiations for the sale of the service station group later began the fabrication of further pieces was put on hold. A year later the concept died once PUMA took over the group. The Tugun fuel depot now owned by Puma sold the sculpture back to Natureworks, who is now offering the piece for sale in Australia.

Description

The fibreglass sculpture is in excellent condition finished in pre-pigmented polyester gelcoat. It has been designed so as to enable a head turn and an eye-wink as an option. It can be easily assembled on a concrete slab in less than a day. This highly refined version of Matilda is designed to sit in the open forever. It is the next BIG THING waiting to put your business on the Australian map!

Pricing

  • To get a price for this product (including delivery if required), please click the “add to my quote” button to add it to your quote list. You can then select any extras or specific requirements, and submit a quote request (see how to order).

Additional Extras

  • 2 pac finish is recommended for all products that will be used outside, to protect the finish. See product care guide
  • Mounting plates, hooks or other fixings can be requested when you ask for a quote.
  • Custom colours are available on most products.
  • If you plan to use the product in a child’s play area or a public space, please mention that when requesting a quote.
  • If you need to be able to dismantle or move it easily, let us know that too!
  • We can create custom versions of most designs, for example to change the size, pose or angle of a sculpture, or to include your branding on an integrated or separate sign. Just ask!

Delivery

  • Delivery costs depend on location, packaging requirements, and quantity/type of items ordered. Items can be picked up from our office, or you can arrange your own freight.
  • International shipping available on request. 
  • Delivery times depend on stock availability & extras required. 
  • Let us know if you want delivery when you place a quote request, or contact us!

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