STAR WORK: Propel, a three-metre sculpture has been installed at Gladstone Airport. The work was created by Donna Marcus
STAR WORK: Propel, a three-metre sculpture has been installed at Gladstone Airport. The work was created by Donna Marcus Mike Richards

Your feedback: What you think about new airport sculpture

NOT everyone in Gladstone is a fan of the new airport sculpture, if comments on The Observer's Facebook page and website are any indication.

The sculpture, which took more than three years from conception to installation, is attracting mass interest from those using the airport and others around town.

The project is endorsed by the Gladstone Regional Council and co-funded by the State Government and Queensland Alumina Ltd.

Commenting on The Observer's Facebook page, Coralee Taylor said she had no idea what the sculpture was supposed to represent.

"Absolute waste of money," she said. "Don't really care how the funding came about. I am sure pensioners struggling to pay electricity bills and buy food will not be impressed by the cost.

"Nor will I when I am reminded of the waste come September when I am sent my next ever increasing, already exorbitant rates bill."

"Welcome to Gladstone. You have measles," Deborah Campbell commented when posting this photo to Facebook. Contributed

Melissa Sweeney said the sculpture looked like a bomb from a Nintendo game.

"We have this cool, retro airport and this is put in?" she said.

Deneta Mcalister said it looked like a giant virus cell.

Laura Gavaghan was a little freaked out by the installation.

 "I'm terrified of flying and it looks like an explosion," she said. "I also live across the road from this ominous thing, and it's going to help me to an early grave.

"Flying to England in June, can't help but see this as an omen."

Carmen Jen said the sculpture could have been better placed.

"If it had to be at the airport, why wouldn't you put it on car park exit side?" she asked.

"If we have people fly into Gladstone, they're not going to see it until they are on the way in to leave again, when their mind is probably busy making sure they have tickets, are on time etc, and probably won't even see it."

Paul McGann posted this meme relating to the Gladstone Airport sculpture.
Paul McGann posted this meme relating to the Gladstone Airport sculpture. Contributed

However, the installation did have one fan.

Sean Spark said the town could do with a bit of culture.

"But wait! Change is bad and it's a waste of tax dollars. No wonder this town gets held back from anything exciting or, god forbid, artistic."

Commenting on The Observer's website, Smithy4680 said the installation was an embarrassment.

"Every visitor will now be greeted by $120,000 pile of aluminium colanders, what a joke. Council stop wasting ratepayers $. You can all leave now, don't wait till next March."

Soarin said: "Maybe it's a Transformer? Very ugly, as suggested above something out of metal made by local apprentices would have been cheaper, more appropriate and looked a lot better.

"Think before you act GRC or you won't be there for much longer."

Stephen Wellings said it added character to the surrounds in an otherwise bland landscape.

"Good on you QAL and thank you for supporting the often neglected arts community."

What do you think about the new sculpture at the Gladstone Airport? http://ow.ly/MjpmY

Posted by The Observer on Wednesday, April 29, 2015


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