The singer loved the idea of “having a statue in a town where everyone was, ‘Who the fuck is this guy?’”
Cave explains that he originally proposed the statute, which depicts him nearly naked wearing a loin cloth, as a joke to his hometown of Warracknabeal years before he’d reached the kind of fame that might warrant a potential monument.
“There was a kind of perverse allure to the whole thing,” he explains, “of having a statue in a town where everyone was, ‘Who the fuck is this guy?’ The idea was to make the statue, have it rejected by the town, and dump it in the desert — this Planet of the Apes type of scenario, the desert eventually swallowing it up.”
Cave says that now his hometown is actually interested in the statute, though his own interest has waned. In an incredible excerpt, author Chris Heath describes Cave showing off the prototype for the design, which you can read below.
“The design exists, and when I mention this scheme, he leaves the room and returns with the prototype of the bronze sculpture. It shows Cave, with long hair and wearing nothing but a loincloth, heroically posed on a rearing stallion, his left arm brandishing what Cave describes as “this sort of eternal flame.”He places it on the mantelpiece, next to a statue of Jesus, also wearing nothing but a kind of loincloth, his slipping down off his waist in a weirdly sexual way. The near-naked twosome remain there, just above us, as we talk.”
Revisit Cave’s recent Skeleton Tree track ‘Rings Of Saturn’.