CITY of Cockburn has been overrun by Smurfs as part of Cockburn Gateway’s Smurf World exhibition.
The display features a 4m Smurf, memorabilia from Smurf collector Linda Jubb, a Smurf village, art exhibition and craft zone and will be on show until January 28.
Mrs Jubb, a teacher at St Anne’s Primary School in Harvey, started her Smurf collection during her pregnancy 14 years ago.
She has collected $45,000 worth of items and said there was something fun and playful about the blue characters.
“There’s a quote in the Smurf movie which says ‘do not be fooled by their cuteness’ – that says it all about them,” she said.
“I remember watching the Saturday morning cartoons as a young girl and loving them.
“When I was pregnant with my daughter and bored I was looking on eBay and just started to collect them.
“More than 14 years on I’ve got about 3000 items.”
Some of these items are currently on display as part of the centre’s exhibition, which according to marketing manager Victoria Hansen is an experience for everyone.
“We’re so excited to bring our customers this fantastic Smurf experience which is set to be huge fun for adults and children alike over the school holidays,” she said.
“Whether it’s feeling very short while snapping a photo next to our giant 4m Smurf, going on a trip down memory lane to take a look at the original drawings by Smurfs creator Peyo or just visiting our life-size Smurf village which features over 30 Smurfs on display, it’s going to be great fun for all the family.
“This is the first time this Smurfs experience has visited WA and we hope shoppers of all ages will love seeing all their favourite characters at the centre.”
For more information visit www.cockburngateway.com.au.