Artwork for Bayshore Drive roundabout to mirror lighthouse

Artist’s impression of the new sculpture for the Bayshore Drive roundabout. Source Byron Shire Council

The enduring sight of Cape Byron Lighthouse will be replicated in a bespoke artwork on the new roundabout taking shape on Ewingsdale Rd, highlighting the main entrance to Byron Bay.

Byron Shire Council is commissioning the artwork which will be built on the new roundabout at Bayshore Drive.

Chair of the council’s Public Art Panel, Cr Sarah Ndiaye, said the sculpture will be ‘a breathtaking welcome to Byron Bay’.

‘This is a significant project that reflects some of the creativity, history and natural beauty of this area,’ Cr Ndiaye said.

‘The artist, Corey Thomas, will be installing a 12-metre high piece that will see a silhouette of the lighthouse through thousands of stainless steel birds,’ she said.

In June this year Council called for Expressions of Interest from artists to create a piece of work on the new roundabout.

‘The application from Corey Thomas was impressive and the Public Art Panel agreed unanimously on its selection and we are confident it will soon be recognised as something that is unique to this area,’ Cr Ndiaye said.

‘The budget for this installation is $55,000 and represents Council’s biggest investment in public art, a key deliverable in Council’s recently adopted Public Art Strategy.

‘Hopefully this is the first of many substantial public artworks for the Byron Shire,’ she said.

Construction continues

Meanwhile traffic flows on Ewingsdale Road will change in mid September as the construction of the roundabout moves into the next stage.

Access to Bayshore Drive will only be available for vehicles travelling into town.

Traffic coming from Byron Bay will have use the Sunrise Boulevard roundabout or Banksia Street.

Motorists leaving the Arts and Industrial Estate will all need to go via Banksia Street or the Sunrise Boulevard roundabout.

Infrastructure services director Phil Holloway apologised for the inconvenience but said council would be ‘doing everything we can to ensure this job is completed as quickly as possible’.

The new $5.6 million Bayshore Drive roundabout is being funded by the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions’ fund. It is expected to be open before Christmas.


6 responses to “Artwork for Bayshore Drive roundabout to mirror lighthouse”

  1. Jumbo J says:

    A replica of the lighthouse shows a town of conservatism and conservative thinking and an outlook to tourists that the town wanted to continue to show conservatism in the way it was viewed to the outside world.
    Any street artwork is to look to the future and not the present. What would a lighthouse in 2050 look like? For a forward-looking town a modernised depiction of the lighthouse would be better something like Salvador Dali would paint, if we had a lighthouse like it was melting and all wonky and did not stand straight.
    Art is a depiction of reality, therefore of the human mind

    $55,000 FOR A STATUE.
    Between spending $20,000 to paint walking fish and a laneway in stripes, which presently has craters.
    Mosaic Bling roundabouts and now This.

    No footpaths, Bloody Pot holes you can swim in and next This Council is spending $250,000 to upgrade Railway park, What Gold swings for the kids.??
    That’s a $1,000 a week over a year that could supply shelter for the Homeless/ Rough sleepers and staff for 1 hrs a day to operate a shower.
    It would repair the Northern entry to Main beach from the Car park.

    COUNCILLORS. Get over your arty farty stage and do what you were elected to do. Provide a safe and functional place for your constituents to reside in. And while you are at it get someone to teach your workers how to repair pot holes so they are flat. Not a lump or bump.
    You guys think our rates are your private Arts funding.
    What happened to asking the people that cop the bills first. ( what do you think Byron??)
    $5.6 million for a roundabout. Any wonder those that work for a living and pay taxes and rates get pissed off with Council and State Governments. Cant wait to hear about the accidents from people looking at the staue and not the road as the thousands of birds glisten in the sunlight.

  3. Wendy Emmett says:

    Ridickulous really…..spend the $ more humanely on a shelter for homeless women I say….

  4. Max Igan says:

    if there was ever any doubt that byron council is populated by complete idiots who give less than a rodents fart about the people of byron bay, hopefully this article will lay those doubts to rest.

  5. $55 000 What a waste of money. How about planting a Flame tree or a Jacoranda , Byron is about natural beauty not stainless steal birds.

  6. Clive jeffery says:

    You would have to be kidding Councillors, Right?! I have just checked my calendar to make sure it was not April Fools Day. And 12.0m high?!
    A thing such as this is neither wanted or warranted at this roundabout location …. especially as no “representation” of the lighthouse is required; the real thing is up the road, visible and beckoning locals and visitors alike.
    While we are talking roundabout ….. I believe it will not work as hoped for and only …. wait for it …. a set of traffic lights will control and manage the traffic at that location. A roundabout will deepen the nightmare which will get even worse once another stream of traffic is introduced at that location.

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