Learn to value our local art

It is disappointing that in the same week we celebrated the artistry on show at the 2020 Port Lincoln Art Prize, a man was reported for damaging another piece of art, the Tuna Poler statue on the foreshore (pictured).

Given the amount of time spent by volunteers fundraising over several years and the efforts of sculptor Ken Martin to bring the monument to life, one can only hope that whoever damaged the statue is remorseful and punished for their careless actions.

It would be useful if this incident served to remind others of the amount of effort that goes in to maintaining our foreshore and the additions like the sculptures and artworks that are a tribute to our city's history.

With the council's foreshore redevelopment on the cards, it would also be hoped that locals and visitors can learn to respect the area for what it is now, and what it will become in future.

The proposal features many new elements including a foreshore plaza incorporating wetlands, public art, basketball and skate spaces, and a redesigned and relocated stage for major events.

The council needs our help now and into the future to keep our city and foreshore beautiful for generations to come, so let's ensure we value and respect our public art and natural landscape, and teach it to others too.

NUMBERS BOOST FOR ART PRIZE

It is great to hear that entries in the 2020 Port Lincoln Art Prize were up, with more than 80 this year compared to 64 in 2019. This lends to the idea the prize is continually gaining traction and more people are exploring their creative side.

Congratulations to Susan Tingay for taking out the top prize for her "Mallees at Coffin Bay" painting.

The art prize exhibition is open until February 15 at the Nautilus Arts Centre, so if you have not yet had the chance, pop in to admire our local artists' talent.