Alison Nankivell, Byron Bay.
Like a large percentage of the Byron mentality I have come across, the reaction to the new artwork, as well as the council’s response and answers to why they chose this particular piece, are emotional, defensive, and whiney.
To start, art is totally subjective. If it gets a reaction from you it means it has created contrast and thought to your proposed ideas of how things should be. Good. That’s what it should do.
Secondly, this is another person’s actual art. It’s his hard work. It is probably a long journey of creativity, expression, courage, and eventually creation, that you are willing to just tear apart and whinge about.
Good on Corey Thomas for creating something brave. Stuff everyone else’s opinion.
As for the council: you are the most defensive of all. Your last response in The Echo shifted all blame and responsibility to time, lack of artist’s proposal, blah blah whatever, and not on the actual fact that you all got together and chose the bloody thing. Own that at least.
The lot of you.
I don’t care if I am the only person in town who appreciates the bloody thing. At least I’m owning that, even if you don’t agree.