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May 12, 2021

The lighthouse sculpture fracas

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Regarding the lighthouse sculpture fracas, Jan 24. The question must be asked: Why did we need a sculpture of the iconic Lighthouse when the real thing is only a short distance away?

Did the commission by Corey Thomas actually cost only $55,000? What about the cost of transportation and installation.

The sculpture is a traffic hazard with people slowing down to look at the fish skeletons hanging from the installation and not observing the rules of the roundabout. Amazing that the committee of the Public Art Panel have not met since the sculpture was installed considering all the controversy. If the panel decide that the sculpture needs to be moved, who will pay the cost? Now that the sculpture is there, perhaps we all need to chill and learn to live with it.

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  1. Follys (in the ‘old country”) were regarded as constructions by folk who had excessive funds and generally caused much merriment amongst the local populations. Nothing has changed here.

  2. I arrived home to Byron after 3 months away to this ridiculous sculpture at the roundabout.
    As a ratepayer for the last 30 years in the Bay I’m appalled at the money wasted on this along with the other ugly sculpture and murals in the lane way at the Johnson st crossing.
    Whoever gave themselves artistic license to commission this needs to be held accountable to the rate payers of Byron and surrounding towns,you don’t have the right to spend our rates in this way and it’s obvious you are not qualified to do so.
    We already have a lighthouse,a real one,what do these birds represent to the shire,absolutely nothing.
    The people that decided their artistic taste rules over sensibility should be paying for the removal of it,be accountable and own up to the fact you messed up big time and remove it.
    Sell it to Vegas.


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