The Lighthouse sculpture

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.

The Lighthouse sculpture birds for sale

As part of the decommissioning process, Council resolved to sell the birds that feature in the sculpture.

In November, the community were invited to register their interest in purchasing undamaged birds. We received almost 1500 submissions. Those interested have been contacted via email about collecting their birds. Please ensure you check your spam mail folder if you have not received the email.

The bird sale began on Monday Dec 2.

Second round sale of Lighthouse sculpture birds

From Monday 16 December, a small number of Lighthouse sculpture birds (approx. 600) remain and will be made available to the general public for purchase. Details below:

  • Cost of birds - $20 each.
  • Location - Cavanbah Centre, Ewingsdale Road.
  • Date and time - Monday 16 December to Wednesday 18 December, 9.30am to 5.30pm or until sold out. 
  • All transactions are via Eftpos only. No cash accepted.

There is no need to register. Birds are sold on a first come first serve basis.  Sizes are limited. 

We are not able to ‘hold’ or put aside birds for collection later. There is no limit on the number of birds per transaction.

The birds are made of aluminium, and come in different shapes and sizes (only small sizes remaining) and are imperfect to varying degrees with most containing drill holes. They are not packaged and can be sharp, so you might like to bring along something to wrap them in.  

Fore more information call the Cavanbah Centre on 02 6685 5911. 


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.