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Artist feels reef work 'neglected'

Arthur 'Nobby' Clark points the blame at Bundaberg Regional Council for the mistreatment of his display, Denizens of the Deep.
Arthur 'Nobby' Clark points the blame at Bundaberg Regional Council for the mistreatment of his display, Denizens of the Deep. Scottie Simmonds

ACCLAIMED artist Arthur "Nobby" Clark has called on Bundaberg Regional Council to move his celebrated Denizens of the Deep display to a more prominent location where it can be better appreciated.

The beautiful collection of wood carvings has been on show at the former Burnett Shire Council chambers for more than two years, but Mr Clark does not believe the cramped display does his work justice.

He said Denizens of the Deep had the potential to become a tourist attraction for the region, but that many visitors missed out because the former council chambers was not open weekends.

Denizens of the Deep depicts a snapshot of marine life on the Great Barrier Reef and was created over 20 years, from 1989-2010.

Mr Clark sold it to the former Bundaberg City Council four years ago for $45,000 on the condition it would be displayed for local residents to enjoy.

But he believes the display has not been used to its full potential by the council and that pieces have deteriorated because of improper storage, and he would like the artwork to be moved into Bundaberg.

"The advertisement that has been done is absolutely pathetic," he said.

Mr Clark claims he has rejected offers from overseas venues such as Australia House in London because he wanted the display to remain in his adopted home town of Bundaberg.

"I have put 20 years of work into this," he said.

"It makes me mad to see it neglected."

Incoming Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said the council would review the situation.

"Council doesn't have a lot of suitable venues that are open seven days a week, but we will certainly review it," he said.

Topics:  artist, bundaberg regional council, burnett shire council, tourism


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