Tate calls for ‘widespread review’ over Yatala art installation

After weeks of public backlash, the Mayor of the Gold Coast has admitted, the art installation on the M1 at Yatala has been an epic fail.

The so-called “northern gateway public art”, which is basically a bunch of poles with lights on them that are supposed to spell out ‘Gold Coast’, was meant to be a welcoming sign for visitors of the Commonwealth Games.

However, due to the positioning of the poles through the median strip (see video below), they have been labelled ‘difficult to view’ and many fear a major distraction with an ‘accident waiting to happen’.


As a result of the shocking $2 million failure, Tom Tate has today announced plans for a widespread review of the Public Art Policy and changes to the selection panel.

“I will ask Full Council to approve a widespread review,” Cr Tate said.

“My plan is to ensure better community representation on the selection panel,” he added.

“This may include a community member, a Councillor, a Junior Mayor or someone from the volunteering sector. I am open to suggestions but we need to get wider representation.

“I accept art is subjective and while there is nothing wrong with the final artwork chosen for the northern gateways, its location is what is being questioned.

“Put simply, people are struggling to see it from the angle needed to understand its intention and message.”

So that’s the good news. The not so good news is, there is no current plan to move the artwork and the Mayor said relocation costs would need to be considered.

“For now, it is staying there but I want to see more community voices on future selection panels.”