Given as a gift to the city when the vast Melbourne Central shopping complex opened in 1991, this giant gold pocket watch, hung nearly 40 feet high (over 12 meters), counts down to a lovely surprise.
Every hour a secret compartment drops slowly down from inside, revealing a display of gold marionettes and Australian wild birds. One marionette is playing the flute, the other the violin, and rose-colored galahs and white cockatoos perch and “sing” alongside them as they leisurely perform a kind of cute cartoon version of “Waltzing Matilda.”
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