Bunjil is a well known (and loved) 25-metre eagle sculpture in Docklands.
The sculpture by Bruce Armstrong is a Docklands landmark (2002), was inspired by Bunjil, the eaglehawk regarded as the spirit creator of the Kulin nations, which include the Wurundjeri people.
In Australian Aboriginal mythology, Bunjil the eagle is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being. In the Kulin nation in central Victoria he was regarded as one of two moiety ancestors, the other being the trickster Crow.
It was reported in the press in August 2013 that Bunjil will have to be moved for a new building.
The developer Lend Lease has the green light for a development on a 2.5-hectare plot at Batman's Hill, off Collins Street. The plans include 100,000 square metres of office space and 600 apartments in seven towers, with a public plaza in the middle. It also means Bunjil needs to be moved - no easy task. The cement slab supporting the structure is thought to weigh 90 tonnes.
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