Shimmer fails to blaze a design trail
All three concepts for art pieces designed to welcome visitors to the centre of Broome as part of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project have been rejected by the Shire of Broome.
Earlier this year, the Shire awarded No33 Safehaven Studio the contract to design, construct and install an inviting public artwork piece in a prominent section of Chinatown to enhance the tourism experience.
The studio submitted three concepts, as per the requirements of the contract, and the Artwork Selection Panel, established especially for the project, selected one to put to the council.
The piece, titled Shimmer, was given the thumbs down by councillors at a meeting two weeks ago as it “did not accurately represent Chinatown”. Shire president Harold Tracey said options for the artwork would be explored.
“The proposed entry statement was rejected by council and we will work with the panel to discuss options moving forward,” he said.
According to Shire documents, the contract with the artists can be terminated if none of the design concepts are selected.