Park sculpture to go ahead, despite objections
PLANNING approval for a public art installation at Centenary Park in Belmont won the support of all but two City of Belmont councillors.
The council adopted the recommendation of the city’s Public Art Advisory Panel to approve the final design of The Arrival, by artist Jennie Nayton, for the community centre at the park.
The total commission budget for the artwork is $75,000, excluding GST, which was approved in the 2013/14 budget, and $7000 was spent last financial year.
Maintenance costs will be the responsi- bility of the council.
The artwork will stand 5.1m high with a wingspan of 3.8m, and be constructed in 8mm perforated stainless steel with a satin grain finish.
Three sets of wings stacked upon one another will rise from the same junction point.
The design was inspired by the movement of local birdlife, namely a local black duck as it comes in for landing.
Cr Patrick Gardner said he would not vote for the piece, and Cr Robert Rossi said he shared concerns about the cost of the artwork, but that nothing was cheap nowadays and it would enhance the facility and park.
Cr Margie Bass said Centenary Park had more artwork than any other park and believed it was a waste of ratepayers’ funds.
Cr Paul Hitt said he thought it was a fantastic addition for the City and Cr Bernie Ryan said it was a “first-class idea”.
The vote was 7-2, with Crs Bass and Gardner voting against the motion.
Before works can commence, a building permit must be sought.
TheArrival by Jennie Nayton.