Mayor tries to out-style Tuxedo Borobi

20 August 2018

The city’s eight famous Borobi statues are back in action – with Mayor Tom Tate today attempting to out-style Tuxedo Borobi at the Home Of The Arts (HOTA).

The Mayor brushed off his best tuxedo to join his good mate Borobi outside HOTA, where Tuxedo Borobi is now permanently installed.

“These statues were worth millions to the city through social media during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games,’’ he said.

“Every time I saw one, there were people milling about to take their selfies and share them across the globe. We were never going to let the Borobis end up in a dark storeroom so I’m delighted to have secured eight Borobis for permanent installation across our city. Let the selfies begin.’’

Gold Coast artist John Cox completed minor renovations on eight statues, with paint chips and scratches repaired.

“Borobi has become a national icon and we’re thrilled to give him a home,’’ said Mayor Tate.

The Borobi statues will reside at the following locations:


New Location


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre - Broadwater Parklands, Southport


Broadwater Parklands, Sundale Bridge, Southport.


Surfers Paradise Esplanade


Narrowneck, Surfers Paradise (opposite Staghorn Avenue)


HOTA – Evandale Parkland, Surfers Paradise


Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach

Lawn Bowls

Jellurgal Centre, Burleigh


Gold Coast Airport




Mayor tries to out-style Tuxedo Borobi photo