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Big Fiddle celebrates 10th anniversary on Sydney waterfront

Sydney's iconic 17-metre statue is undergoing sandblasting and painting after a decade of welcoming tourists to the city's waterfront.

'There are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures with the hash tag #BigFiddle'

The Big Fiddle is getting a tune-up.

The iconic metal statue on Sydney's waterfront turns 10 this weekend. It's under wraps while it gets a fresh coat of paint.

The 17-metre tall statue, created by Sydney artist Cyril Hearn, was unveiled in January of 2005.

It's believed to the largest illuminated fiddle in the world, and pays homage to Cape Breton's Celtic heritage and fiddle music.

The statue greets cruise visitors arriving in Sydney and stands just outside the cruise ship pavilion.

"I love it myself," said Heather Spencer, out for a walk on the waterfront. "It's very Cape Breton-ish."

"It'll make tourists think our island is unique," said her friend Heather Dillon. "I think it's a great marketing tool."

And the advertising firm that's arranging the fiddle's birthday celebration this weekend says the statue has struck a chord with visitors over the past decade.

"What we've found is there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures with the hash tag BigFiddle," said Marc Botte of 902 Advertising Group. "Tourists are coming here taking selfies with the fiddle, but they live in Hamburg, Germany, or in Italy or Scotland, or the United States."

There are several events on the waterfront Saturday to celebrate the fiddle's big day, including a giant square dance.

Local painters will also create art work based on the statue.

Unfortunately, the fiddle itself won't make an appearance. It's been surrounded by scaffolding and tarps for a month while it's sandblasted and painted.

The cold damp spring meant some delays and now the big reveal won't happen until Tuesday.

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