Vandals destroy public sculpture
Streetscape attacked by vandals
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.
STREETSCAPE: Cr Wayne Honor standing next to the Wild Scotsman.