Shim­mer fails to blaze a de­sign trail

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

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.

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