OK, I’ll admit it, I’ve been glib about David Entwicht and his work as a consultant “place-maker” for the Wodonga city council in the past.
Yes I’ve taken the opportunity to sink the slipper over “Gorf land” and fairy-lights on the water tower and other Entwichian enterprises in the past. I have, there’s no point denying it, the evidence is right there in black and white.
Truth is I actually think he’s one of the best things to happen to the region in a long, long time.
I think he’s been severely hamstrung by being assigned the community arts equivalent of the Herculean tasks, namely trying to beautify Wodonga’s water tower, arguably an iconic landmark which might well be described as lacking aesthetic -or indeed ANY- redeeming grace.
I suspect one might have to travel to former soviet Russia and marvel at the pre-1960’s communist architecture of the high density housing projects to find an uglier man-made structure anywhere on this earth.
Still, the rednecks seem quite attached to it, like many of their conservative values, an anachronistic abomination which remains purely because they lack the imagination to replace it.
Despite my cynicism, which I will admit is both ardent and staunch, the “big ugly”, Wodonga’s water tower IS actually starting to look….well,….less ugly.
At least it is at night, during the day it remains an abjectly noxious eyesore so I guess that’s a fair compromise.
In fact having read a bit about David Entwicht, having seen some of his work and proposals for the future, I’d say we are actually privileged to have as one of our regional contemporaries, a visionary of some note.
I’d even go as far as to say I’m becoming a fan.