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Yes, Jim Nutter (Letters, 9 January), a work of art may have many interpretations. And yes, Mandy may have been just a tiny bit harsh in her column last week, but her comments were stridently supported this week by local councillor Jan Hackett (‘Councillor speaks out over that sculpture’, The Echo, 9 January), who agreed that the sculpture is a ‘failed work’.  

In searching for a silver lining to this sorry tale, I guess a bit of light-hearted analysis of the work’s possible meaning may be the best value we can glean from it. So to make the best of the situation, I’m happy to offer my own interpretation of the work.

I believe that the artist may, in fact, be providing a sharp social commentary on Byron Shire’s evolving demographic via this phallic, tinsel-clad decoration. In my view, ‘Tinseltown Todge’ (as I like to think of it) is probably an aptly themed erection, given that our area increasingly provides a home or a holiday destination for a growing number of Hollywood ‘hunks’.

Hmmm… on second thought, trying to interpret the thing is probably a really bad idea. Let’s just melt it down and use it to fill a pothole.

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