Mystery sculpture at Eureka
EUREKA Public School staff and students thought aliens had landed when they arrived to find a strange four-metre sculpture in their playground on Monday.
Some time on the weekend the bronzed artwork had mysteriously travelled three kilometres from Federal Park to a position of prominence in middle of the school’s oval.
Track marks reminiscent of those infamous Hampshire, UK crop circles surrounding the abstract artwork suggested it was probably a case of misbehaving hoons rather than alien intervention as the kids first thought.
School principal Julie Taylor said the students took to it like ducks to water and were sad to see it go.
“We laughed and laughed; it was so funny,” she said.
“Someone obviously just has too much time on their hands as there were a few donut (skid) marks around it.
“I was away on Monday morning but a teacher rang me to say there was a sculpture in the playground and ask if I had ordered it and not told anyone.
“It looked so good we thought we’d been given a present and we weren’t sure who to thank. We were quite sorry to lose it.”
A few students recognised it as one of the sculptures from Federal’s park so staff notified the police, who palmed the pressing problem off to council.
Byron Shire Council’s general manager Graeme Faulkner said council workers had picked up the statue on Tuesday and it was currently being held at their depot.
As it was unsecured it did pose a public safety risk and council was obliged to remove it from the school.
“It will remain with us until collected and hopefully it will be secured and installed in Federal in the near future,” he said.
Sarah Carr from the Federal Store confirmed the errant installation had come from the park and had been donated by its creator after last year’s annual sculpture competition.
She said her kids regularly play there and were surprised to find the piece missing on Monday.
“The police came (on Tuesday) to find out about it. It’s the second one that’s been knocked off,” she said.