The Hulking Reminder is not intended to prevent flooding or directly protect property from flood damage. Instead a large scuttled ship will act as a dominant visual reminder of the River’s presence and its history as a maritime transport corridor. The intention is that the ship will help encourage the city to not forget and be less complacent about the destructive behavior of such a large Australian river. The ship will be a way of “bridging” the divide between the natural river and the man made, hard edge of the riverbank. In other words, it will be a man made object interacting with the river’s natural systems.
The scuttled ship will also become a landmark of the river and be an identifying symbol of West End. Its size and location will make it visible from Coronation Drive, Davies Park, Riverside Park and Highgate Hill. In addition it will help reduce subsidence immediately downstream, provide perch space for larger sea birds, underwater habitat for larger marine vertebrates and artificial nest hollows for reptiles and other birds. Deposition downstream of the ship will provide space for mangroves to become established, creating further wildlife habitat.