18.6 C
Byron Shire
October 23, 2021

Sculpture bird art adorns Council foyer

Latest News

COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

Other News

COVID-19 update: 5 new cases in the NNSWLHD

Northern NSW Local Health District, Acting Chief Executive, Lynne Weir, says there were five new cases of COVID-19 reported for the District to 8pm last night, 21 October.

Blowhard alert

We have endured drought, bushfires, flooding and COVID. However, Australia must brace itself for something even worse. Something that...

Raucous AUKUS

Over the last 20 years or more, Australia has benefited greatly from its economic relationship with China. You may...

Biz smashed by new COVID-19 regime

It was proudly trumpeted as ‘Freedom Day’ by the State Government. But for much of the local business community in the Northern Rivers region, October 11 was anything but.

After a long, arduous and uninformed debate… Saddle Road DA approved

Councillors finally ‘got there in the end’, interim Mayor, Michael Lyon, told an exhausted audience after many hours of confused meandering at last Thursday’s Council meeting.

Jeff Johnson calls for generational change at Ballina

The next in our series of interviews with Ballina Council hopefuls for the December election features Cr Jeff Johnson, who is also nominating for mayor after thirteen years service on council.

Dev Lengjel has unveiled the latest art in Council’s foyer. Photo Jeff ‘Donged Since 1986’.

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’.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

NSW Education responds to Teachers Federation over Murwillumbah Education Campus staff cuts

The NSW Education Department has responded to the NSW Teachers Federation's accusation that Education Minister Sarah Mitchell has only just revealed the extent of staff cuts at the mega school.

The Rebels and the Wraiths visit Nationals: ‘We are facing a planetary crisis’

As part of a fortnight of climate actions and protests with the Extinction Rebellion, over 30 activists visited MP Kevin Hogan’s office in Lismore yesterday pushing ghostly empty white prams.

NSW Legislative Council expresses concerns over push to burn native forests for power

The NSW Legislative Council unanimously passed a motion expressing its concerns over the growing push by industry to burn NSW native forests for electricity and hydrogen production.

Diadem Street, Lismore

Around 2,000 residents in Lismore lost their electricity connection on Wednesday night after a large gum tree took out power lines.