The “Big” Trout. Oberon, NSW, Australia

I’m fascinated by those old fashioned “big” things that are built for advertising purposes.

The Big Trout in Oberon

They are always so tacky and surreal but they interest me on several levels.

  1. They always look so roughly made.
  2. I always find myself thinking about the decision making process that led to them being built.
  3. They are quite often very ugly.
  4. I’ve never seen one that is associated with anything that is good.
  5. They hardly ever look like they get maintained.

They are basically huge 3D billboards and as such I’m reminded of what that old wag Ogden Nash once said; “I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all”.

In short, “big” things seem to be monuments to the waste of resources and a lack of taste.

8 thoughts on “The “Big” Trout. Oberon, NSW, Australia”

  1. I never had the chance to see any of the big things during either of my two previous visits to Australia. It’s still on the to-do list.

  2. Ha ha ha, great, mate, love it!!! And a good point to. I am so unhappy with the two billboards I can see from my office window. Perhaps when you come next year we can make a terrorist attack on them one night…

  3. Kevin

    Welcome and thanks for dropping by. Well Australia has quite a few monstrosities to visit, like the the “big” merino in Goulburn and the “big” pineapple in Queensland. I think there is even a “big” prawn somewhere.


    Now that’s an interesting proposition! Count me in!

  4. I’m sure this monstrosity never looked as good as you made it look with your wide angle! Careful, someone might see this photo and say, “Hey, I want one of those!”

  5. My wife is from Vermont, and the two of us lived there for some time. Back in the 1950’s, the Vermont legislature did something quite amazing and forward looking. They banned all billboards. Today, the ban is still enforced. You don’t really notice it until you cross one of the state lines and drive through Massachusetts, New York or, to a lesser extent, New Hampshire. When you get back to the Green Mountain State, it’s like a breath of fresh air. I’ll take cows and fields over real estate advertisements any day.

    -Turkish Prawn

  6. Holly crap, I want to come in live in Vermont. Why didn’t you tell this before? This must be your state’s well kept secret, right? Anyway, we are all moving in

  7. I’m with you on this one – it is hideous and beyond kitsch but also fascinating. I like them because they are always so amateurish and enthusiastic. And hilarious. And absolutely surreal. It’s strange that Martin Parr hasn’t done a book on them yet.
    BTW I heard that they banned billboards in Sao Paolo a year ago or so because of visual pollution.

  8. Pat

    There is a strange and perverse beauty to such gigantic kitsch. I took a photo the other day of another giant fish here in far north QLD. I’ll put it up soon.


    It’s nice to hear that quality of life takes precedence over profit sometimes…… somewhere on this planet.


    There is still work to be done in Slovenia, comrade!


    I’m amazed that the Brazilians did something about the billboards. Now they should get to work on the favellas,

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