“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest. The Bunny sculpture is an …

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“Public Art”? “Public Disgrace” I suggest.
The Bunny sculpture is an entirely fitting testimony to the number of bunny planners, designers and approvers throughout the construction of the Glasshouse that elsewhere I’ve described as more suited to Berlin. Sad that in a town that once called itself a Solar City, that this building was permitted and the plans weren’t destroyed at concept stage. Sad too that in 1927 the Rev. John Flynn had a better understanding of passive and even active cooling features in his design of Adelaide House than the team of architects on this project. The Residency too, completed 1928, demonstrates with its wide eaves and extended roof line the need for shading.
By comparison, the ‘Bunny House’ may just be the biggest warren above ground with a massive air conditioning power load in this ‘Solar City’. What an inappropriate building for our town. The huge glasshouse windows on the north-south axis will ensure it becomes the most power hungry building in town. I hope it will be the first to be taken off-line and not the residential areas when there are power shortages caused in large part by the building itself. The only chance for salvation is that those windows may even (yet?) house thin-film PV arrays that seem to be appearing on the market. Then architect Mark Bell may make a bunny of us all. But even then we will be left with what many believe an inappropriate building for our town. I guess history will decide that point.

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Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
The NT is way too small a jurisdiction and the resulting small number of elected MLAs in government to really be across the multiple portfolios that each minister carries.
As a result the ministry is largely controlled by senior “Yes Minister” bureaucrats beyond reach of the Parliament and the voters. When it all goes belly up it’s the minister who carries the responsibility.
But unlike previous times they rarely “fall on their sword”. It just carries on until (often sensationalist) media brings the issues to the fore and then it becomes damage control time. This is what we have seen in recent days.
Braedon Earley speaks a lot of sense. Can he bring fiscal responsibility back to the NT is the question?
Let’s hope someone can before they send in the administrators.
Are these the guys who want statehood? Really?


Former gallery advisor scathing about its planners
“It is a bizarre idea doing a business plan before someone has even started resolving what the issues are,” says Mr Lynch. Exactly my argument in my last letter on the topic in another thread.
And yes, Domenico, I have previously lamented here the loss of the Emily Kngwarreye work overseas when the sale occurred.
We may end up with a building looking for those crowd-pulling paintings and unable to afford to buy them back. This is yet more “planning” by NTG.
(Still) watching in amazement …


Aboriginal gallery: rushed business case yet immediate start?
Does the new gallery have to operate as a business, turn a profit or be subsidised forever (the business plan should tell us)?
What on earth is Ernst and Young doing writing the business case anyway?
Yes, I know their website says “(we are) committed to building a better working world” blah blah blah. With apologies to the Lions I bet Ernst and Young could make a business case to hold an ocean regatta in the Todd if pressed.
I recall the business model for the Desert Park was to have it open nightly till around 9 from memory. Not sure when that all disappeared into fairy dust.
We keep watching in total amazement.


Government to spend $67m on youth database
Government is bereft of ideas. $90m on a gallery; $67m on a database. And WHAT do they intend to do with the data when they have it? Our police could identify the main problems without spending another cent.
Seriously, they have to be kidding. I thought they were broke? Keep spending and maxing the credit card till the credit rating is smashed and we all owe a squillion. But spending money always fixes the problem. We wish!


Global traveller ran out of power only on the Stuart Highway
Would be a real accomplishment if the power he plugged into to recharge was actually renewable power. Most I suspect would have been fossil fuel based. So what precisely did it achieve, I wonder. Think I’ll wait for the hydrogen car.


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