Oamaru’s Humpty Dumpty gets mixed reviews

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Oamaru artist Donna Demente has been surprised by derogatory comments posted on Facebook regarding Oamaru’s Humpty Dumpty.

Ms Demente is not on Facebook but friends pointed out to her that a special page had been given to the Humpty Dumpty in Oamaru’s Botanical Gardens, which seemed designed to be primarily critical.

Ms Demente was employed by the Waitaki District Council to paint the well known figure in spring last year.

“I came up with the concept to paint him like a Victorian storybook character.”

The character and nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty was popularised widely in the Nineteenth Century.

“I was annoyed to find that they (comments) were on Facebook. If I was on Facebook I could reply.”

Among comments posted was that one “wee boy” was too scared to sit on Humpty’s wall; that the paint work was “scary” and that Humpty needed another makeover. However, there were also positive comments such as” I think he looks great,” ‘Humpty’s up with the times! This is 2014 not the 70/80s.”

Ms Demente said she lived near the garden’s playground and had never seen a child screaming as a result of Humpty Dumpty’s new look.

“It’s a bit ridiculous when there’s some really scary things in popular culture today. “There’s Harry Potter and kids like that.”

The Facebook page has since been taken down.

By CHRIS TOBIN

PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN