The Keppel Sandwich photo promoting the Great Keppel Island photo exhibition is causing some controversy considering the number of young people exposed to the artwork on their way to and from the Rockhampton Eisteddfod currently being held at the Pilbeam Theatre. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
The Keppel Sandwich photo promoting the Great Keppel Island photo exhibition is causing some controversy considering the number of young people exposed to the artwork on their way to and from the Rockhampton Eisteddfod currently being held at the Pilbeam Theatre. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Photograph of semi-nude people taken in 1980s causes stir

A FEW mouths have been gagging lately over the raunchy Keppel Sandwich on display at Rockhampton's Pilbeam Theatre.

The Rockhampton sandwich has not only drawn the attention of residents and young children, it has also caught the wandering eye of Rockhampton Police.

The Keppel Sandwich is an artist's poster that has become a raunchy billboard at the back of the Pilbeam Theatre.

It shows topless men and women packed on top of one another.

The image promotes the work of photographer John Gollings' exhibition Get Wrecked.

The photographs were designed to capture the images that attracted young revellers in the 1980s to the party atmosphere that made the island famous.

Rockhampton Police confirmed they had received complaints from members of the public.

People were concerned concerned about the messages the bold photographs send young children attending the 79th Rockhampton Eisteddfod this month.

Rockhampton Regional Council has received two complaints about the billboard.

However, the council said it wasn't taking further action.

Police took the opportunity to remind people that images of nudity could send the wrong message to children.

Here are some comments left by readers on Facebook about the image:

Becky B Bowen - people always have to complain about something! I like it

Leif MoNsta Albertsen - omg theres no nudity there cant beleive how narrow minded people still are. You see just as much nudity in this picture as you would down the beach theres nothing showing at all. My mother is an erotic artisit that had the first erotic art exhibition in CQ ever and people back then were calling it pornographic and were so up in arms about the whole ordeal now nearly 20yrs later the same narrow minded culture-less people are still havimng a cry omg

Nekina Mary-Ann Whap - theres rude magazines in newsagents and shops that are in clear view of parents with children can see if they are there. its there maybe there should be a story about banning magazines like that

Leif MoNsta Albertsen - doesnt matter how tall it is the is absolutely no nudity here at all you see more down the beach

Stacey Blackman - I was more grossed out by the guys in banana hammocks and didn't even notice the boobs

Paul Deller-Smith - I don't think that rhis poster is provokitve or lude. I don't think it has much of a message to attract tourists but what do I know. It looks like a few people having a bit of fun on the beach . Qhy there is only one girl and she is topless I don't know her choice. Seems all in all to be post card home shot rather an advertisement it wouldn't inspire me to visit looks to bland sand and sea occurs everywhere

Elaine Hans - No I don't ... And I also think it is wrong to have rude magazines in positions where children can easily see ...

Trish Neeson - I'm more offended by the speedos

Ros Lacey McClintock - Isn't this the advertisement campaign from the late 80's or early 90's? Are people really that prudish still.

Becky B Bowen - The only bad thing about this pic is boys in dt's lol

Cassie Walker  - The budgie smugglers are the real crime here

Stacey Blackman - Paul Deller-Smith there are 2 girls

Ryan Mathew Newport - Its absolutely non sexual, there is no problem with it.

Matt Spencer-  Lucky its not on the back of a ute

Read more comments here.



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