Security cameras for Horizon replacement to be discussed at Geraldton meeting

Phoebe PinGeraldton Guardian
The Horizon sculpture on the Beresford foreshore was destroyed. Elise Van Aken
Camera IconThe Horizon sculpture on the Beresford foreshore was destroyed. Elise Van Aken Credit: Geraldton Guardian

The City of Greater Geraldton is considering installing security cameras along the Beresford foreshore when it replaces the Horizon ball, which was destroyed in mysterious circumstances two weeks ago.

It is still not known how the popular sculpture shattered on Saturday December 4, but Mayor Shane Van Styn said hot weather and structure weakness caused by recent vandalism was likely to have contributed to the incident.

Police continue to review CCTV footage provided by residents with a view of the foreshore, with council to discuss the cost of installing its own security cameras in the area at the December agenda forum on Tuesday.

In the motion, Mr Van Styn said he would like to see the Horizon ball replaced with an identical sculpture “as soon as possible”.

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“This piece of art was very popular with the local community and visitors. I understand that officers have been in contact with the artist to discuss its replacement,” he said.

It is understood officers have reported the loss of the sculpture to the council’s insurance company and have lodged a claim.

The initial cost of the sculpture was approximately $100,000 and artist Lucy Humphrey has advised that a replacement sphere can be fabricated.

Mr Van Styn told the Guardian last week a slightly smaller ball would be available to ship almost immediately, but council are also considering the possibility of having an exact replica of Horizon made from scratch.

Council will vote on the motion at the December meeting on December 21.

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