But it was in 2003, and now it is being immortalised in sand at the Frankston Waterfront as part of Sand Sculpting Australia’s Under the Sea exhibition.
Graeme was at the Frankston Waterfront yesterday to inspect the sculpture based on his popular book and meet US sculptor Brad Goll, who is bringing his book to ‘life’ for the 100,000 visitors expected to view it.
Sand Sculpting Australia – Under the Sea is open at 10:00am every day from Boxing Day until Sunday, 28 April.
A team of 21 sculptors from around the globe are sculpting 3500 tonnes of sand into intricate models of mermaids, sea witches, whales, submarines, sharks alongside the great water gods Poseidon and Atlantis.
One of the absolute highlights is sure to be the enormous coral reef sculpted out of sand, complete with reef creatures of all kinds.
There will also be a wide range of children’s activities including sand sculpting workshops, sand art, a giant sandpit and our new Lego Play Zone to make it the perfect family day out.
Tickets are available from the Frankston Visitor Information Centre – phone 1300 322 842 or visit www.visitfrankston.com.