The primary goal was to erect a statue of Mary Poppins as a tribute to Pamela Travers. With this gesture, the Proud Mary Association embraced literature, celebrating the history and heritage of one of its own - a writer of her time. Prior to the sculptures erection, little was known to connect the character with the town. I believe the remake of many classical children's films had lead to the unveiling which has now granted the statue more merit. From the once small town author to now one of the most whimsical and creative minds in literature, Pamela has created generations of family entertainment and educational aspirations for young children and adults alike. Since the reveal it has generated world wide interest - now becoming a local and international tourist attraction, contributing to economic growth for the Fraser Coast and surrounding areas. In addition to the physical display of historical memorabilia, there is a Mary Poppins festival which is held on Friday June 23- Sunday July 2, to celebrate the art of story telling through multiple mediums, in the June/July school holidays. THis exposes and promotes creation of narratives, novels and many forms of story telling from pictures to plays and musical pieces.
Personally, I believe the original meaning for the artwork was to show appreciation for a local historic author. However, in todays society the contemporary context sees the artwork as a connection being made between locals and visitors from all over the world, embracing and exploring story telling. For me, the statue symbolises imagination, creativity and success in many aspects, especially expression through literature. In some cases the conversion or historical and contemporary forms of literature teaching. How to bring together two seemingly opposed sides and create a breathtakingly creative adventure for people of various age, cultural heritages, abilities and beliefs.
The bronze Mary Poppins statue is worth approximately $60 000 and has probably made those funds back tenfold through tourism.