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May 7, 2021

The Lighthouse meets its Jean-Baptiste end

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Piece-by-piece, the Lighthouse will slowly disappear into the Byron Shire landscape.

From beginning to end, Byron’s Lighthouse sculpture has seen one controversial issue after another and today marks the beginning of the sculpture’s final stage. Meeting the same end as the anti-hero in Patrick Süskind’s Perfume, the Lighthouse will be devoured by its lovers and haters as was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille – for twenty dollars a bite.

The aluminium birds come in different shapes and sizes and are imperfect to varying degrees with most containing drill holes.

Customers can decide which size birds they want however they will not be able to select the specific birds. Staff will handle the selection of birds and hand customers the next available bird within the chosen size.

Council has a list of all people who expressed interest in purchasing a bird and currently birds cannot be provided to anyone else at this time. Council will monitor the process for the first round of sales. If there are birds remaining then a second round sale will be announced and opened to the wider public as well as those who registered.

Those registered with last names starting with A – K can pick up their lighthouse birds is this week. Those registered are eligible to purchase up to two lighthouse birds from this morning at the Cavanbah Centre, Byron Bay.

Details of the sale are:

Surname: A – K
Date: Monday 2 December 2019 to Saturday 7 December 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Note: No bird sales on Thursday prior to 12.30pm. (Farmers Market time)
*Sales between 9.30am to 12.30pm only on Friday 6 December 2019

If your surname is between L – Z, you can pick up your birds from Monday 9 December.
Surname: L – Z
Date: Monday 9 December 2019 to Saturday 14 December 2019
Time: 9.30am to 5.30pm
Note: No bird sales on Thursday prior to 12.30pm

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  1. There is nothing wrong with the the sculpture. It is Art so how could anything be wrong with the sculpture when art is the spirit of the people in all shapes and form from ugly to beauty. It is a mirror of us.
    What is wrong is the place where it was put by Council and as Council also is a mirror of us and we elected those councillors then it shows we are imperfect people?
    There is intricacy of detail in the sculpture and that means on a roundabout median strip is would need cleaning as it would collect the smog and dirt of car fumes and oil. Also being detailed it would need for people to be up close to it to see that detail so it is no good on a roundabout where people cannot get near it and feel the wonder of it with their fingers. The sculpture is a wonder of creation in Art.
    You have to love and appreciate art to love art no matter what it is. The people of Byron do not appreciate art, and that is what it comes down to. Why was not the Roundhouse Art Gallery built? Good Question?
    That is the place for the sculpture depicting a lighthouse, up on top of a hill. Now there are houses there.

    • I agree. It was put in an inappropriate place, a roundabout on what can be a very busy road. My goodness, just find a really good spot for it where people can actually walk around it at their leisure and actually get to know it, not be confronted by it looking like a crash site of twisted metal in the middle of the road.

  2. Praise the Goddess the disco dong is gone Yippee! It is (was) not only a traffic hazard & blocked the spectacular view of the lighthouse BUT more importantly it was “SO UNBYRON”. Just think of all the beautiful art pieces that COULD have been…Indigenous artwork…timber totem poles highlighting our amazing wildlife…garden sculpture that wouldn’t block views that essentially would require little maintenance etc etc It was a bloody eye sore & as the wonderful Many Nolan said back packers & other cheesecloth wearing bods could get impaled on it…Love you Mandy.

  3. Its funny how a lot of people didn’t like the sculpture calling it a dildo and other jokes but now people are buying parts of it. It’s almost all sold already. Does anyone know how much the birds are being sold for? I’m not interested in buying one you could easily make your own with some sheet metal and tin snips. In the end it was a massive waste of council money.

    • $20 per bird maximum of 2 per person. Only open to people who lodged an expression of interest when the council advertised the sale. We asked for 10. We always liked the sculpture and now miss it. The BSC may end up making a profit.

  4. Len, the problem with the sculpture is that is was objectively rubbish.
    You don’t have to “love and appreciate art to love art no matter what it is”, that’s simply absurd. It’s fine to not like some art, It’s all up to the beholder and they have overwhelmingly spoken to remove the eyesore.

  5. Oh I have to laugh at this, apart from the shocking waste of money that might’ve made a difference elsewhere! Buyers watch you don’t slash your hands handling those roughly hewn metal birds.

  6. The narrow mindedness of the many come as a reminder of the sad truism that ……”small towns are more apt to swamp you, than to carry you out to the great oceans of life.”

  7. Ultimately…whatever yr feelings about the aesthetics of the sculpture…it was dangerous. The artist did a last minute change of materials to aluminium and rivetted the sharp edged birds to the structure. Aluminium corrodes badly in a coastal environment… the rivets would have loosened in no time providing hundreds of sharp flying objects. This was already happening… NOT a good outcome and a pity a great opportunity to provide good public art for our community has ended badly.
    Lets hope it does not dissuade council from pursuing other public art projects…with the right timeframe, money and expertise. AND also lets not forget to thank the people in the community who gave their time and effort to this project. The rest of us whingers should stand up and get involved next time!

  8. So the vertical barbed wire tower is no more!
    Now we need to get rid of the dills on council who perpetrated this expensive fiasco.
    Elections 2020.

  9. Glad it’s GONE. I Will have flying ducks, sorry birds, on my wall not because i liked the sculpture but because I celebrate the fact we got rid of a aluminium space age mid city thing from a gentle coastal town where it was inappropriate. I looked for the magical floating …it wasn’nt there. GONE. Thank God, and Council.


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