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April 15, 2021

Sculpture bird art adorns Council foyer

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Art can be divisive and cyberstalking can be invasive, says local art curator Dev Lengjel.

Speaking at the launch of the Cube’s latest artworks on display in Council’s foyer, Lengjel says, ‘Recent events have shown how one of the most spiritual places in Australia turned a public artwork into an international event and brought forth the most horrible case of cyberstalking’.

Lengjel is referring  to the Ewingsdale sculpture ‘Disco Dong’ which has since been dismantled.

The aluminium birds from it are now being sold off as memorabilia. 

He says, ‘Cyberstalking is a form of online abuse – the terms are often used interchangeably. Both may include false accusations, abusive comments, attempts to smear reputations or threats of physical aggression and more’.

Raise awareness

‘We as a community must be better than this. It is hoped that this installation raises awareness that nothing is worth so much negativity that someone has to close their website because of cyberstalking’.

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  1. I’m ashamed of the way people behaved about this sculpture. You didn’t like it? So what? The way this artist was treated is really not what I expected from an area that is supposed to be so open and welcoming. “Should have been done by a local artist?” They had the opportunity to go for it too. “Traffic hazard?” Bullshit. “It was just SO UN-BYRON?” Frankly the most un-Byron aspect of this whole debacle was that a bunch of angry hippies managed to get it removed simply because they didn’t like it.

  2. Anyone with any idea of physics, would have questioned the “artist’s impression”, as the pencil dotted clouds of tiny birds swarming and forming the lighthouse, was clearly impossible to construct, let alone withstand anything above a breeze.
    Cyberstalking is not acceptable, but such a monumental visual debacle in a public space, shouldn’t be either, and finally wasn’t.
    Corey Thomas is a fine artist, as was evident on his website, prior to closing.
    A bit too much artistic license though, via the approval process.
    An unfortunate learning curve.

  3. I think the birds look beautiful on the fence facing Clifford st at the Bangalow Rd intersection. I’d love to see more of them displayed to such effect all around the shire. There may be some joy yet to emerge from this very sad saga.


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