HOT on the heels of City of Sydney’s confirmation that Taylor Square’s rainbow flag will remain as a permanent fixture, plans are now underway to erect a monument across the road in honour of the rainbow chalking movement.
According to a development application (DA) that has been submitted to the Sydney council and obtained by the Star Observer, the monument would be eight metres tall and one metre wide, and would be known as The Big Chalk — in line with the Australian tradition of The Big Banana, The Big Prawn, The Big Merino and The Big Pineapple.
An artist’s impression of the monument shows that The Big Chalk would tower over The Oxford Hotel and stand in front of the historic and defunct Taylor Square toilets.
The DA states that once The Big Chalk is constructed, foot traffic to this northern side of Taylor Square should increase dramatically, breathing new life into the area that has suffered a downturn in business mainly because of the state government’s controversial lockout laws.
The DA estimates that construction of The Big Chalk would cost around $85,000 — higher than same price tag that came with the rainbow flag across the road — and implores City of Sydney to ensure the monument is permanent.
The proposal does not indicate if there would be an acknowledgement of Australia’s LGBTI rights movement and history over the past five or six decades.