New exhibition ‘Mr Squiggle the Man from the Moon: Celebrating 60 years of Mr Squiggle and his creator Norman Hetherington’ opens to the public on Thursday, 28 February at the Royal Australian Mint.
The exhibition features Norman Hetherington’s inspiring work, including a display of puppets of Mr Squiggle and his friends as depicted on the Mint’s recently released limited edition commemorative coins in collaboration with Woolworths.
The exhibition includes children’s letters to Mr Squiggle, script books, original artwork and a portrait loaned from the National Portrait Gallery of Australia ‘Norman Hetherington OAM (and friends)’ by artist Kate Rae.
The exhibition was launched by Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle creator, Norman Hetherington and Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid.
"The exhibition showcases one of the most loved and longest running Australian children’s programs, honouring Norman Hetherington, the brilliant man behind the iconic puppets and television series,” the Mint CEO said.
“The Mint is opening this vibrant and meaningful exhibition to share the story behind Mr Squiggle and the recently released coin collection, with the public.”
Rebecca Hetherington, daughter of Mr Squiggle creator, Norman Hetherington and former host of the television series said “people are going to get a glimpse at some special items from my father's collection. There's a lot to choose from as my father liked to keep things but I think the Mint has chosen some gems to be part of this exhibition. I hope that visitors to the Mint really enjoy a nostalgic glimpse of my father's work and Mr Squiggle himself.”
Earlier this month, there was a staggered release of four $2 commemorative coin designs through their registers nationwide portraying Mr Squiggle and his friends Gus the Snail, Bill the Steam Shovel and Blackboard.
A limited release of a collectable coin album ($15 RRP) is available and in addition to the four $2 coins, it includes two $1 coins and a special 1 cent coin.
The ‘Mr Squiggle the Man from the Moon: Celebrating 60 years of Mr Squiggle and his creator Norman Hetherington’ exhibition will be at the Mint during opening hours from 28 February until 28 July 2019.
Royal Australian Mint: Heather McGirr, Heather.McGirr@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769