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Byron Shire
October 20, 2021

Lighthouse is its own best work of art

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The Council, Councillors and the Public Art Panel are all surely joking! Aren’t they?

Commissioning a sculpture 12.0 metres high in the form of a ‘silhouette of the famous lighthouse using thousands of stainless steel birds’ and to be placed on the $5.6 million Bayshore Drive/Ewingsdale Road roundabout. Seriously? $55,000.00. Really?

A ‘representation’ of the actual lighthouse which, if not for this sculpture in the line of sight, can be seen in all of it’s glory ‘in the flesh’ as it were straight ahead and high up at the end of Ewingsdale Road!

I did actually check my diary to see if it was April Fool’s Day. Sadly, not.


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  1. The Ewingsdale Road Roundabout’s most important feature is road safety, and that is what the Roundabout is there for, so traffic preceeds with safety and efficiency. Put a 12-metre high monstrocity on the Roundabout and it blocks drivers vision across the Roundabout making it a road hazard.
    Drivers have to have vision across the Roundabout so they see other cars turning and therir blinkers because some cars go straight ahead and some other do a turn into Bayshore Drive. It is not for tourist promotion.

  2. The steel birds making the shape (whatever shape it is) is extremely cool

    No doubt maintaining sight lines is part of the design, which is why its narrow and 12m high….

    • Right, it is as thin as a razor blade. A car is moving and other cars are moving so there is no sight lines as you can’t have sight lines for a moving object and car blinkers are on, then off, then on, then off so you can’t have any sight lines for them.
      Any public art is made to be looked at, so when you look at the huge public art approaching the roundabout are your eyes on the road? Is you foot on the brake or the accelerator, are your hands turning the steering wheel or driving straight, or are you aware of the car alongside you in the lane next to you on the roundabout and are you watching them with peripheral vision in which way they are going to go or are they looking at the lighthouse while they are going through the roundabout and they go straight instead of turning when you thought they would turn. The aesthetics and beauty of the replica lighthouse are so mind-blowing it is worth going to hospital for. The hospital is just up the road.


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