Queen Victoria has successful nose job

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 January, 1997, 12:00am


Queen Victoria's nose has been put back in joint after an artist rearranged it to protest against 'dull, colonial culture'.

Mainland artist Pun Sing-lui attacked the statue in Victoria Park with a hammer last September before covering it in red paint.

Metal contractors applied pressure from a split-hydraulic jack to restore the nose to its proper form at a cost of $150,000.

The protest landed the 26-year-old artist in jail for 28 days, rendering him unable to personally accept his Philippe Charriol Foundation 'most promising artist' award for sculpture.

He has now received the award of $60,000 to study in France. The foundation said he was judged solely on his portfolio.

The nose was restored with acrylic resins mixed with colour pigments.