What do you think about the new giant sculptures at Shepparton's southenr entrance? Our readers have had their say.JARROD WHITTAKER December 21, 2013 5:26am
The placement of giant sculptures at Shepparton’s southern entrance has reopened a debate about the role of public art.
On Wednesday, Greater Shepparton City Council unveiled a collection of plant-themed sculptures at the corner of Goulburn Valley Hwy and Raftery Rd.
But residents of the nearby Seven Creeks Estate criticised the art installation on a residents’ Facebook page.
Many said the money would have been better spent on a playground.
‘‘Looks good, but I prefer the money be put towards a footpath down Raftery Rd,’’ one said.
‘‘How about fixing Raftery Rd and a foot/bike path before useless art that will get destroyed,’’ another said.
Others believed the art helped beautify the area.
Council recreation and parks manager Brendan Gosstray said the sculptures were installed as part of a masterplan for Shepparton’s southern entrance.
‘‘The sculptures celebrate the natural environment of the Goulburn Valley,’’ Mr Gosstray said.
‘‘The highway sculptures champion the relationship between Shepparton and the Goulburn Broken rivers. These plants have (also) been used in the landscaping treatment at the intersection of Melbourne Rd and Riverview Dve.’’
The sculptures represent the ‘‘drumsticks’’ plant, which grows along watercourses and table drains in the area. Liesl Milan Landscape Architects designed them.
He said they were adopted following community consultation and cost $30
Mr Gosstray said it was too early to gauge public opinion about the sculptures.
‘‘The direct response to the council has been limited to date as the installation was only completed on Wednesday,’’ he said.
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