Should this ‘violent and offensive’ Bondi Beach mural be removed?
There are calls for a mural on the Bondi sea wall to be removed for “portraying violence” and being too political.
Artist Luke Cornish has been accused of politicising the world-famous beach with the mural, which portrays 24 Australian Border Force officers along with the words “not welcome to Bondi”.
He says the artwork is a comment on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers.
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Final pic of the Bondi mural, I’ve had a mixed reaction to this work, understandably, but to put it in context, the piece is a comment on our treatment of asylum seekers in Australian detention facilities. The 24 Australian Border force officers represent the 24 suicides in these detention facilities (onshore and offshore) since 2010. Thanks @days_one_dca for the help, pics by @photoenz #elkstencils #bondi #australia
Although the piece has received some backlash, Waverley Council is defending it, claiming good art should solicit a strong reaction.
But Councillor Leon Goltsman tells Steve Price he wants the mural to be removed.
“Many residents are absolutely outraged over this.
“It’s portraying violence, it’s offensive. It’s putting a lot of our residents, a lot of our families and their children off.
“It shouldn’t be there.”
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