Public Art stoush – Too many roses for council exterior?

Donna Marcus, 'Propel' 2015, Gladstone Air Port (Image: E. Gale) one of Gladstone's public art works.

Art is a matter of personal taste and it was the concern of Cr Cindi Bush in today’s Gladstone Regional Council meeting that a proposed public art project outside council chambers should be approved by the RADF panel before it’s given the go-ahead.

 To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Zonta Club of Gladstone offered to donate decorative shade panels, prominently featuring their “rose” logo, to the piazza area outside the council chambers at 101 Goondoon Street.

“I’m concerned about too much Zonta branding on a public building,” Cr Bush said.

The design brief states that the rose design will be ‘prominent but not overbearing’ and during consultations, it was made clear that “It won’t look like the Zonta clubhouse”.

Donna Marcus, ‘Propel’ 2015, Gladstone Airport (Image: E. Gale)
one of Gladstone’s public artworks.

The design for the panels will be managed by local artist Katrina Elliott, in conjunction with identified stakeholders. She will be advised by the Director of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, Jo Duke in line with council’s public art policy.