A bronze sculpture that honours a former tourism icon has been poured on the Gold Coast in south-east Queensland today.
For more than three decades, Al Baldwin, or Al the Suntan man, sprayed lotion on visitors to Surfers Paradise beach.
He died in 2004 at the age of 74.
The Gold Coast City Council has commissioned a sculpture which replicates the Suntan Man’s famous deck chair and cap.
Lead sculptor Frederic Berjot says many people have fond memories of Al Baldwin, including his own mother-in-law.
“She’s always mentioned this guy who used to be on the Gold Coast and used to spray all of these young girls and he was handsome-looking,” he said.
The sculpture will be finished next year and will be placed on the Surfers Paradise beachfront