TAFE art, sculpture and ceramics student Andrew Ewings with one of the ceramic totem poles which have been destroyed by vandals
TAFE art, sculpture and ceramics student Andrew Ewings with one of the ceramic totem poles which have been destroyed by vandals

Totem meaning lost on vandals



IT's the never-ending saga of what's happening in this town," said Andrew Ewings, as he surveyed the wreckage of part of a major public art project which has been knocked down by vandals.

The four ceramic totem poles in the grounds of the Glenreagh Street campus of TAFE at Coffs Harbour have been pushed over, damaging several of them beyond repair.

Mr Ewings was one of more than 40 students taking part in the art project, which involved designing, creating, assembling and installing a series of large ceram- ic totem poles, each with a special theme, including oceans and natural flora and fauna.

TAFE ceramics students have been working on the pieces that make up the totem poles for the past two years.

The first group of poles were assembled and installed in the last three months of 2005, with many more planned.

Mr Ewings said these totem poles were part of a planned larger installation and the idea had been to keep adding to it until there was a field of totem poles.

"We were trying to beautify the general area of the town."



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