Steve Pratt is a man that might not know much about art, but he knows what he likes.
And he doesn’t like the new $750,000 sculpture lining the Gungahlin Drive Extension.
In fact, Mr Pratt has called series of metal spikes apparently representing indigenous grasses another of Jon Stanhope’s “self-aggrandizing follies with little or no benefit to the community”.
He says that far from being grasses, the sculpture actually represents Mr Stanhope’s “startled” hairstyle (no, really he does).
He thinks the money would have been better spent fixing potholes, building traffic calming measures, playground equipment, public building grey water schemes for watering ovals or keeping the Griffith Library open for another 18 months.
Not that he begrudges the community having a bit of public artwork. No, he’s not that much of a philistine — he’d just like the government to spend only $10,000 (or preferably less) to engage “a budding artist willing to give of their time to create tasteful, embossed murals placed on the concrete facades depicting the ‘indigenous grasses’ “.
Tasteful, embossed murals of which he approves, of course. And which don’t depict anyone’s hairstyle.
So does anyone have a picture of this monument to the Sonic cut?
[ED- Pot Holes has provided a link to the GDE Public Art brochure here.]