Morley’s famous limestone seal sculptures are no longer the gateway to the Progress and Bishop Street shopping precinct.
On Monday morning, Brooke King updated locals on the news with a photo of the demolition, captioning it as ‘a sad day’.
“The Galleria seals are being demolished right now. It’s a sad day.”
The fountain, designed by artist Vittorio Ulunovich in 1997, was the centrepiece of the Progress and Bishop streets roundabout while the other seals flanked entry points to the Progress Street and Bishop Street shopping precincts.
Last year, a report commissioned by the City of Bayswater found the fountain’s structure had deteriorated due to exposure to elements, ageing materials, wear and tear from normal use, and inadequate maintenance, the Eastern Reporter had reported.
Ongoing public health concerns included the accumulation of stagnant stormwater, algae, breeding of mosquitoes, rubbish and cockroaches.
Comments online were mostly variations of ‘noooooo’ but also included:
- “I can’t believe they chose to demolish those first… out of everything in that area.”
- “A bit pointless considering the redevelopment of the area is indefinitely postponed.”
- “Ah, the only thing remotely unique about the galleria.”
- “Rest easy, you beautiful blubber boys.”
- “Rest in pieces”
- “FIRST THE SEALS, THEN THE BAYSWATER BRIDGE!?!? WHERE WILL THE MADNESS END”
The City has proposed the fountain be replaced with landscaping, new paving and gardens.
The decision had nothing to do with one of the seals spotted wearing a bra that one time.