Lee Duffield

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Residents divided over William Jolly light show

The William Jolly Bridge was transformed into a work of art last night to help celebrate the 150th birthdays of Brisbane and Queensland.
Resident Chris McKnoulty thinks the light show is a waste of money: Allanah Box

Resident Chris McKnoulty thinks the light show is a waste of money: Allanah Box

But Brisbane residents at the celebration were at odds over the $1.08 million price tag of the art work.

Artist Ian de Gruchy was commissioned by the Brisbane City Council and the State Government to design 12 slides that will be showcased over the next three weeks.

CBD resident Chris McKnoulty thinks the art work is pointless.

“If you ask me I think it is a waste of government and council money,” he said.

“It cost over $1 million to put some bright lights and pictures on the bridge and you can only see the art work on one side.

“The money could have been put to better use, like how about helping the homeless people who sleep underneath the actual bridge?”

Southside resident Rachael O’Dwyer thinks the light show is fantastic.

“It’s about time Brisbane started to get creative architecturally and I think the bridge looks amazing,” she said.

“Compared to Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane is very primitive when it comes to buildings and places of interest.”

 The slides will change nightly until October 13 and will then be changed weekly until mid December.

After that the projections will occur only on special occasions.

One of the projections by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

Projection 1 by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

One of the projections by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

Projection 2 by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the projections by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

Projection 3 by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

One of the projections by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

Projection 4 by artist Ian de Gruchy: Allanah Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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