Council removes bus stop birds after artist installs them
FRASER Coast council workers have removed bird paintings from one of Hervey Bay's new disability-friendly shelters after artist Alan Peebles installed them to demonstrate how easily they could be incorporated into the design.
The incident is the latest in an ongoing clash between the council and Mr Peebles.
Mr Peebles created more than 100 bird paintings for bus shelters around Hervey Bay years ago.
But he was stunned by the news that the shelters with his paintings would be moved to rural areas, while new disability-friendly shelters would be placed around the region.
This is not the council versus Peebles - Mayor Gerard O'Connell
Although Mr Peebles has no objection to the new shelters, he was upset to hear that his paintings would not be incorporated into the design, as he says the council had led him to believe.
In an effort to prove how easily his artworks could be included, he took two paintings to one of the new bus shelters near the shark show in Urangan.
Mr Peebles was dismayed to see his paintings had been removed by the council.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said that, while he had the greatest respect for Mr Peebles, he discouraged anyone from tampering with council property.
"The paintings are not being put on the scrap heap," Cr O'Connell said.
He encouraged Mr Peebles to seek a new forum for his art, in the form of a possible public exhibition, and said the old bus shelters would now have a whole new audience to enjoy Mr Peebles' work.
"This is not the council versus Peebles," Cr O'Connell said.
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