The Lighthouse sculpture

Decommissioning and Bird Sale 

The decision to decommission and remove The Lighthouse sculpture, on the Bayshore Drive roundabout in Byron Bay, was made at a Council meeting on 22 August 2019.   

The sculpture was decommissioned on 18 September 2019. As part of the decommissioning process, Council resolved to sell the undamaged birds that featured in the sculpture.

Council received expressions of interest from approximately 1500 people who wanted to buy birds. 3476 undamaged birds were successfully removed from the sculpture.   All the birds were sold in December 2019, with almost 1200 people making purchases.

The total amount raised through the sale was approximately $64,000 (ex GST). After deducting expenses, Council resolved to divide the remaining funds from the sale evenly between the development of an arts and cultural policy and projects working to reduce homelessness.



Project history

How did this project come about and how was it funded? Visit the Bayshore Drive Public Art Project page to find background information to this project. 

Why was the Lighthouse sculpture decommissioned?

A staff report to the Council meeting outlined several incidents of people climbing the sculpture, attaching stuffed toys and flags and taking photographs in the centre of the roundabout over recent months.

The sculpture was not designed to be climbed and, because of the height and location of the artwork, there were real concerns about the potential for serious personal injury as well as the risk of compromising the structural integrity of the installation. 


  • 26 April 2018: Bayshore Drive Roundbaout Public Art sub-committee formed.
  • 14 June to July 2018: Expression of Interest advertised.  Nine applications were received, 3 progressed to concept development stage.
  • 3 August 2018: Concepts were assessed by the whole Public Art Panel. The PAP developed a recommendation to Council to appoint an artist.
  • 23 August 2018: Council appointed an artist for the project.
  • 20 December 2018: Sculpture installed.
  • 22 August 2019: Council resolved to decommission and dismantle The Lighthouse sculpture.
  • 19 September 2019:  Sculpture decommissioned.
  • December 2019: All undamaged birds from the sculpture were sold to the public at $20 each.