A sculpture trail on Granite Island will be launched on Friday, December 15, by the Minister for Environment Ian Hunter, but elected members of the City of Victor Harbor are divided on their support.
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) manage Granite Island, not the City of Victor Harbor, and chose Sculpture by the Sea Inc to operate a sculpture trail on the island and not Port Elliot artist Will Hendriks.
There will be 10 sculptures on display on Granite Island.
At a special council meeting on Wednesday, December 6, council voted to congratulate DEWNR on the launch of Sculpture by the Sea and to assist DEWNR at the launch by supplying the Horse Drawn Tram services for VIPs.
Councillor Moira Jenkins said this was a long time coming and DEWNR has built on work, by not just this council, but the previous council in planning this project.
“DEWNR took it over and covered all costs. The community has cried out for the revitalisation of Granite Island and more arts and culture. This does both and the sculpture trail will feature international, national and local artists,” Cr Jenkins said.
However, opposition came from councillor Peter Charles who arrived at the meeting wearing pink shorts and was trying to channel legendary state Premier Don Dunstan.
“Don Dunstan was a Premier with vision and we led the country and were the festival state,” Cr Charles said.
“It is disappointing we are ignoring another man with vision and that is Port Elliot artist Will Hendriks who had the idea of a sculpture trail in 1989 for Granite Island. I am talking local and it is a sad, sad council we are.”
Councillor Terry Andrews moved a motion to acknowledge the original designer (Will Hendriks) of the sculpture trail on Granite Island, but this was narrowly defeated 4-3.
“He was the first person with this plan and he holds the copyright to this day and has letters to prove it, so he deserves some acknowledgement. It is important that no funds go forward to this project from council, Cr Andrews said.“