Van­dals de­stroy pub­lic sculp­ture

Streetscape at­tacked by van­dals

Isis Town and Country - - FRONT PAGE - Jodie Dixon

A PIECE of pub­lic art­work was re­moved from the Gin Gin streetscape fol­low­ing con­tin­ued van­dal­ism.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s Cr Judy Peters said the piece, The Axe by Chris Cal­cutt, was in­stalled as part of the 2011 Gin Gin Streetscape Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and was a valu­able piece of coun­cil’s pub­lic art collection.

“This art­work was part of a project to de­pict Gin Gin’s way of life and its his­tory in the streetscape re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion and was a sculp­ture made us­ing marine grade stain­less steel,” Cr Peters said.

“Sadly, in re­cent weeks, it has again been de­stroyed. Tis marks the third time coun­cil has been forced to re­pair this art­work as a re­sult of van­dal­ism.

With re­pair bills now up to al­most $8000, coun­cil had to make a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to re­move this art­work from the streetscape.

Divi­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cr Wayne Honor said the van­dal­ism was a very dis­ap­point­ing out­come for what should have been a story about cel­e­brat­ing Gin Gin’s pi­o­neer­ing and agri­cul­tural his­tory.

“The re­cently re­vi­talised Gin Gin streetscape proudly dis­plays the her­itage of this area for res­i­dents and visi­tors to en­joy and to have a part of that re­moved is very un­for­tu­nate.

“As a com­mu­nity we need to send the mes­sage that van­dal­ism isn’t tol­er­ated by re­port­ing any in­for­ma­tion about dam­age to pub­lic prop­erty to po­lice or coun­cil.”

Coun­cil has lodged a re­port with the po­lice over the lat­est van­dal­ism in­ci­dent.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBIT190816VANDAL

STREETSCAPE: Cr Wayne Honor stand­ing next to the Wild Scots­man.

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