At midnight on December 13, 2018 a large erection occurred in Byron Bay. By morning’s glory, social media lit up in shock, outrage, admiration or just plain voyeurism, as images of this erection spread from Byron around the nation. The man responsible gained instant notoriety but, quite rightly, claimed it was just a natural occurrence and that he was misunderstood. One thing was for sure, his erection was so enormous that it could be viewed kilometres away and stood up so shiny and tall that anyone coming into Byron Bay couldn’t possibly miss it.
Amazingly, it lasted for a whole nine months. When it was over, (eventually exploding into thousands of silvery fragments across the Northern Rivers), the world would never be the same again.
Since its demise in September 2019, the world has moved on. Fires, pandemics, floods and wars. But for anyone who lived through it and happened to view it on a daily basis, we can never forget the legend of The Dong.