Murray Bridge piano sanctuary will go ahead despite public opposition

Something different: Composer Jesse Budel is behind a proposed piano sanctuary on Mannum Road, Murray Bridge. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Something different: Composer Jesse Budel is behind a proposed piano sanctuary on Mannum Road, Murray Bridge. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

A controversial arts project will go ahead in Murray Bridge despite the opposition of most nearby residents.

Twelve of the 16 neighbours who wrote to the council did not like the idea of a piano sanctuary, a place where instruments could be left to degrade in the natural environment as an artistic statement.

But once comments on The Standard's Facebook page were tallied up, council staff noted, a majority of people appeared to be in favour.

A compromise was proposed: just two pianos would be placed in Carey Park, on Mannum Road, this spring or early next year, and they would only stay for six months.

More public feedback would be sought after that.

Councillors approved the temporary solution at their meeting last week, though some, including Theo Weinmann, had reservations.

"I thought we were trying to clean the town up," he said.

"They might look alright for the first six months, but I bet after six months they won't work any more and they'll be a bit of an eyesore."

Cr Clem Schubert, who voted against the proposal, said it was not a good look.

"We're taking these derelict machines beyond their useful life to be better snake harbours," he said.

"It might sound arty, I guess that's what its intention is."

Local musician Jesse Budel proposed the concept in February.

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