Beaufort headless

PLANS to plonk a giant doll’s head on Beaufort Street have fallen through, but there’s another project in the works to replace it.

The Beaufort Street Network offered 100 donors a refund on the cancelled plan but most opted to let the network keep the funds for a future project.

Last year Vincent mayor John Carey—then head of the Beaufort Street Network—launched the project on Pozible, asking art fans to contribute the cost to install the giant doll’s head artwork on the street.

The public came out in force and about 100 pooled cash for the $5000 needed to buy Sandi Bliim’s sculpture, joining funds already raised by the network.

As time dragged on problems popped up. There were issues with the location on a footpath and the safety of a sculpture that kids could climb on. They sought to install it on an awning but had no end of trouble finding a good spot where both the tenant and landlord agreed, and transportation was another looming problem.

About a year after the funding drive, the Network has conceded it won’t go ahead, with new chair Pam Herron emailing an apology to donors.

“The project had some issues and we have tried hard to overcome these issues and have worked with the city of Vincent and land owners on the street to find a suitable location,” she says. “Because of the construction of the head it needs to be elevated and secured to a building. This has become too challenging.”

Ms Herron says there’s a replacement project in the works and it’ll be announced in the next couple of weeks once the final details are hammered out.

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Experts know best for art: mayor

VINCENT locals look to have failed in their bid to force the council to consult them over public art.

Leederville cafe owner Debbie Saunders submitted a petition with 104 signatures—40 of them local—calling on the council to consult with the community when using ratepayers’ money to buy art, or installing it on public land.

Mayor John Carey says major developments affect people’s amenity far more, so that’s what they should be asked about, not whether a piece of art is a big blue head or a dude in the nude.

He says the council has an expert panel that matches art with appropriate locations.

Stories by DAVID BELL

 

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