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All the abuse about the Dong sculpture should be directed at the councillors in charge of approving this failed and costly project, not the artist.

The bureaucratic response from Councillor Ndiaye reflects a total lack of accountability in a council that has wasted the ratepayers’ money. Ideology rules without any regard for common sense or respect for ratepayers’ funds.

The plan to sell the sculpture parts again compounds the embarrassment this council has brought to the Byron community.

Whoever was ultimately responsible for this debacle should resign as it happens in the real world when we fail to deliver a minimum level of competence in our work. This should be followed by a public apology to the artist.

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  1. The Greens in Byron Council are not green any more. There is a yawning gap in attitude been Council and Greens NSW MP Tamara Smith. Tamara increased her vote at the last election while Byron councillors have gone off the side of a cliff with an election approaching next year.
    The Roundhouse hill position that was to be an art gallery was sold for real estate housing. And the sale prices of the lots were too low as they were snapped up with no haggling. Now we have an art depiction of the Byron Lighthouse icon put on a roundabout that is a safety hazard.
    Don’t mention the Bypass.

  2. The artist had every opportunity to produce a good product and if the rules put on them by council were too restrictive they can turn down the job. At the end of the day its the artists reputation at stake. The failure of council was to trust the artists record of producing great things and not ask for more info or models

  3. As public sculptor in the Byron shire I can guarantee that no artist of note will ever submit a proposal to the Byron shire again after the outrageous behavior and vitriol of its residents. Putting opinion on the sculpture aside, this was a council decision and the artist should have been supported and protected by them. To then decommission the work and sell it off piece by piece to recoup the losses is another unbelievable proposal. Any recompense should go directly to the artist for loss of future commissions caused by the public shaming of his work. I am so disappointed and embarrassed to be an artist in this community.


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