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May 7, 2021

Philistines and their troll mates

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So the philistines and their troll mates on social media have won and Byron Shire, once a beacon of tolerance for diversity, alternative thinking, and cultural awareness takes another turn in its inexorable spin towards the bottom.

Byron’s Lighthouse sculpture is to be dismembered and sold for scrap. As if abusing the artist while he constructed it wasn’t enough!

Firstly, I strongly urge Corey Thomas to assert his moral rights as the author of this artwork and take legal action to immediately prevent and prohibit the premeditated destruction of his original production.

Secondly, if another site can’t be found for the work intact I’d urge that it be stored until its real value can be assessed and the lunatics cease to have control of the asylum.

Did someone say DADA!? The whole point of public art is precisely to invite a reaction. When Jackson Pollock’s seminal painting Blue Poles met with similar outrage it took a politician of the stature of Gough Whitlam to push back against the barbarian hordes of the gutter press and endow this country with an art object now worth many hundreds of times its original purchase price.

Alas our Byron councillors appear to be made of lighter metal (aluminium perhaps?). Council may have ownership of the physical structure but they don’t own the intellectual property. Irrespective of what people think of the sculpture (and so what if cognitively challenged people attempt to scale it) nobody has the right to pull the thing to pieces without authority from the artist himself.

And oh well, yes lucky us, we still have the Big Prawn, the Big Rusting Surfboard, the Big Red MotorBike, and the Modest Wooden Pelican.


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