Damage to Geraldton’s Horizon sculpture described as “extremely disappointing” by Mayor

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
The Horizon sculpture on the Beresford foreshore at around midday.
Camera IconThe Horizon sculpture on the Beresford foreshore at around midday. Credit: Picture: Elise Van Arken, Elise Van Aken

The City of Greater Geraldton is exploring options on how best to repair damage to the Horizon sculpture, which is thought to have been vandalised by youths.

Located on the Beresford foreshore, the tourist attraction has been gaining attention for the wrong reasons after residents noticed a chip on the glass globe.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City became aware of the damage about three weeks ago after witnesses saw young people using gings to hurl rocks at the sculpture.

“People had noticed kids firing at the ball with gings, and it is also very clear from the damage inflicted as to how it occurred,” he said.

Mr Van Styn said the fact “such a loved sculpture” had been vandalised was “extremely disappointing”.

“We know that youths with gings are a problem throughout the city right now, and people really need to start taking responsibility for their children,” he said.

Residents commenting on social media shared Mr Van Styn’s disappointment.

“Why is it that when we get something special that everyone can enjoy the beauty of it that there are those that want to smash it?” one person said.

The city is in discussions with the artist to determine how the chip can be repaired. Mr Van Styn said some resin compounds and other products may be suitable for the task. He said it was not yet known how much repairs would cost.

Vandalism to the horizon sculpture at the Beresford foreshore.
Camera IconVandalism to the horizon sculpture at the Beresford foreshore.

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