Does everyone in Lismore hate the Ark? Yep, pretty much
TIM McRae would like to see new signs next to the anti-CSG signs at the entrance to Lismore, reading "87% of residents hate the Ark".
Of course, Tim's having a laugh. It's only 77% of residents that hate the Ark.
Still, its an impressive feat - a sculpture intended to beautify the city is, according to a very unreliable and slightly ridiculous poll running on this website, nearly as unpopular in Lismore as coal seam gas.
At the time of writing and with more than 370 votes lodged, the poll, which asks the question "Does everyone in Lismore hate the Ark?", has 77% of respondents answering "Yep, pretty much".
Does everyone in Lismore hate the Ark?
This poll ended on 14 October 2015.
Yep, pretty much.
I heard the second cousin of a friend of my housemate's sister likes it, but everyone I know personally can't stand the thing.
I have personally met at least one real human being who claims to like it.
Come on, it's not that bad. I kinda like it.
I reckon it's great and so do my friends. We'd have picnics under it if people didn't keep walking over the rug.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
Only 9% of respondents so far will admit to "kinda" liking it and only 2% say they like it so much they'd have a picnic under it, were it not for the pedestrians trampling their rug.
The poll, which accompanied a story about Ballina resident John Bath's suggestion of improving the sculpture by adding a little paint to the concrete pillar it sits on, also earned a strong response on Facebook, where more than 100 people, including Mr McRae, have expressed their views on the sculpture.
"Could have put a boat that actually floats for WAY less money," Peter Sampson quipped.
"Is that (an ark) what it is," queried Helen Ensbey. "When will it be finished? Will there be animals?"
For quite a few people the issue wasn't the sculpture itself, but the amount of money it cost and the fact local artists weren't commissioned to create it.
"It's not the "Ark" as such everyone hates .... it's the ridiculous amount of wasted ratepayers money that we all object to," commented Garry Newell.
"I think it's unfortunate that the commission for this piece was given to someone who doesn't come from this area," Rhonda Armistead commented.
"So much money was spent and would have been better given to support local artistic endeavours if we needed an installation piece for the city - a fact that really surprises me since Jenny (Dowell) is so supportive of 'keeping it local'.
"It would have been much nicer to be able to celebrate our local creatives."
A few brave souls chose to swim against the tide and talk about what was good about the sculpture.
"It's a skeleton of the riverboats that once travelled the rivers of the area delivering goods," commented Hildz Cat.
"Although I do not love it, I know what it symbolises.
"A vision of what was once famous in the region and is now a shell/Skelton.
"The box is out of place though!"
"Come on, it's not that bad. I kinda like it," commented Ron Cahill.
"No. I love it," commented Janet Wilson.
In the end, it was Ruth Riordan who got to the core of the issue.
"The poll is as silly as the 'ark'," she observed.