Nick Cave Still Wants To Be Bronzed On A Pony

AP060213031226.jpgNick Cave is raising money to have a semi-nude bronze statue of himself riding a horse erected (huh huh, huh huh) in his hometown of Warracknabeal, Australia. Cave’s been talking about this project since 2001, but a recent interview with Q finds Cave surer than ever in his quest, and set on raising the $60,000 it would require. “I’m not going to pretend it’s not satisfying in some ways. But there’s a lot of work to do yet.” Judging by the fact that he’s still talking about this a couple years on, following an increase in movie gigs, album sales, a Nick Cave exhibition at the Melbourne Arts Centre and an honorary degree from his alma mater, I’m guessing he’ll eventually get his wish.

“We were going to make [the statue] in England,” Cave said, “ship it to Australia, put it on the back of a truck, and dump it in my home town, which is an extremely small, ultra-conservative place.

It’s now been turned into a rehousing town for ex-cons who want to go straight, only nobody has gone straight, and it’s turned into this strange, lawless place. If they don’t accept it, we were just going to drive out to the desert and dump it somewhere, Planet of the Apes-style.”

If they do get his naked torso on a metal horse (dude, why not be really bad-ass and construct a centaur?), I’m hoping they’ll model it after Birthday Party Cave, rather than the balding, mustachioed cowboy look of today.

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  • Anonymous

    No one could possibly be a bigger Cave fan than I am, but I am hopelessly flummoxed by this idea.

  • Dick Laurent is dead.

    (One of my favorite live clips of the Birthday Party, btw nice choice.)

    I love this idea, way better than the bust of Jimbo in Paris…plus I’m hoping Cave attaches an ashtray and beer opener.

    Oh, and stick it in front of a methadone clinic.

  • dreamsneverend

    Hehe I feel inspired to play the video for Nick The Stripper in the club tonight…wooo

  • Anonymous

    My first thought was “is that the set of ‘You Can’t Do That On Television’?”

  • Anonymous

    Oh man, watching Tracy Pew make sweet, sweet love to his bass is priceless.

  • Anonymous

    I swear I thought that was a picture of Ben Stiller dressed as Nick Cave

  • John

    This is definitely one of Cave’s weirdest stunts yet.

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