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May 8, 2021

Do we have a compliant ‘Tinsel Dick’?

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Council meetings are bad for your health and morale, which is why as soon as public access is over I’m out the door. At the last meeting, however, I decided to stick around for debate about the Tinsel Dick on Ewingsdale Rd and about compliance issues. Bad move.

In relation to the Tinsel Dick I noticed that no councillor had the gumption to suggest that it be removed, no councillor had the gumption to suggest that it constituted such bad taste that it was appropriate only to the Gold Coast, and no councillor had the gumption to ask Sarah Ndiaye what she meant by the ‘improvements’ she was proposing (more seagulls as it turns out!). Nor did anyone ask who came up with the brilliant idea of a lighthouse, if ‘idea’ is the right word.

Nor did anyone point out the contradiction between blaming the artist for not following the agreed design and using wrong materials, and then imploring that he be given a chance to redeem himself by finishing it – at our further expense.

This is a perfect illustration of the level of ‘debate’ that takes place in this dysfunctional council, the Tinsel Dick a permanent (?) reminder of their incompetence.

It turns out that while Cr Jan Hackett bravely took the blame early on, it’s Sarah who seems to be the driving force. She seemed chastened and surprised by the negative public feedback but was determined to preserve her monstrosity at all costs, arguing in a way that demonstrated that she is very stubborn.

During all this it was extremely difficult not to interject, of course, and I succeeded in getting her to call me a ‘clown’, as well as issuing another presumed insult that I didn’t catch. This is a breach of the Code of Conduct of course, which compels councillors to be nice, nice, nice. If I filed a complaint she would no doubt plead provocation, not realising that her Tinsel Dick is a provocation for everyone with a taste quotient above 80.

Last time round the Greens gave us a real estate agent. This time they gave us Sarah.

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  1. Fast Buck$,
    You don’t understand Art.
    There is a quote from the Northern Star of April 2018 from Cr Sarah Ndiaye as she is the Chair of the Art Panel:
    “The overall lack of cohesion and the confusion about what is street art and what is graffiti is an ongoing issue, that may be better managed by the adoption of a public art strategy.”
    There is still a lack of cohesion in local culture about Art
    Sarah sees Art. You Fast Bucks see Graffiti
    What I know about Art is that what a person likes is Art, what that person does not like is Graffiti.
    The more the person is educated in Art and takes the vision inside into the spirit the more that there is no Graffiti in the world. It is all Art. It all has a connection to the spirit of Mankind.
    Do we understand the cave drawings of the indigenous Aborigines? No, and yet those drawings are many thousands of years old. It is their culture and their verbal being and existence on this earth.

  2. The grand Sculpture or Standing monument on Ewingsdale Road / Bayshore Drive may be named by many ! What is it’s Title by paid Artisan ?
    What does it represent ?
    The Metal Erection is a ” Razor Blade ” A Roads & Safety Health Hazard potentially a very very “Dangerous Object ” Has anyone reported “it ” to the RMTA ?

    “Dangerous Object ” located on Roundabout !
    No not a dead Bird or a dead Koala a monstrous tall erected ” Razorblade “

  3. I’d guess that a significant majority of ratepayers would prefer to see more of their money spent on removing this hideous aluminium erection rather than adding to it. I see now that more resources have been wasted on removing the vines that were beginning to obscure it. A lot of people had noticed the advancing vines and were hoping that, as art, ‘tinsel dick’ would have made a reasonable trellis.


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