Lovely piece of art by one of our great “local” …

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Lovely piece of art by one of our great “local” artists, Dan Murphy, but wrong place.
I was to be told “But it is there … look, there, in the middle” OH and I was made to suddenly slow down and cause a triple accident involving a pedestrian crossing and the car behind me.
Same with another piece of art located where locals and tourists alike have no chance to admire, I mean the budgerigars at the airport (by Pip and Pam), or the mural behind Coles as shoppers go to Coles but they seldom go behind it.
As for the “rejuvenated” Mall, the artistic features mentioned by Kieran in her article of January 2014, are lost to the passer by who wishes to meet some human warmth and activity rather than a bench too cold in winter and too hot in summer or some invisible metallic moths flattering in the sun or under the street lights.
Some 18 months later, the rainwater reflection pan, with or without a plaque in its center, doesn’t attract the attention of any visiting person who has no idea what this low depression may represent. We do have the artists, but sorry we have a council with no commonsense.

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