One person’s treasure is another person’s trash, it seems, by the response by some people to the eye-catching tree-root sculpture on Byron Bay’s main beachfront.
The camphor-laurel sculpture called Monumental Environmental Artwork by John Dahlsen is a drawcard to visitors to Apex Park.
But a petition tabled at Byron Shire Council this month with 232 signatures only refers to the artwork as a ‘camphor laurel root’ and calls for it to be removed.
The objecting petitioners say it’s ‘inappropriate’ for the area and ‘interferes’ with the view and ‘natural beauty of the beachfront and the bay from the mountains to Julian Rocks and the lighthouse’.
But councillors were not swayed and decided simply to note the petition.
The installation was a five-year loan from the artist after the annual ArtsCape Biennial folded last year.
It won the 2010 Peoples Choice Award in that festival as well as a recent Swell sculpture festival prize for environmental art at Currumbin on the Gold Coast.
The petition claims it collected many of the signatures in a small section of the CBD within five hours and that ‘nearly all the businesses in this area agreed’ to its removal.
The sculpture recently had a fence costing almost $10,000 installed around it for safety.