Bracebridge Declines Offer Of Former "Burning Man" Sculpture

Posted: 2018-07-06 07:29:31 By: hbr

Bracebridge council is taking a pass on a controversial piece of public artwork.

During this week’s general committee meeting a motion was pulled from the table which asked staff to take a closer look at the potential installation of the Koilos Sculpture somewhere in town.

The sculpture’s current owner, Andrew Cumming, had discussions with Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith about potentially donating the sculpture to the Town.

Cumming said he had purchased the sculpture in the 2013, after seeing it on display in Toronto’s Distillery District.

The sculpture, which was originally created by artist Michael Christian for the Burning Man Festival. It was then moved to Cumming’s cottage on Lake Muskoka,  where he created a special dock to put the sculpture on display. However, he said the amount of boat traffic was causing problems for his neighbours.

The massive sculpture’s been featured on numerous television programs and in print.

Mayor Smith said he was putting the brakes on further talks as the sculpture has since been installed in Bala.

The move has led to a great of back and forth on social media regarding the suitability of the Koilos as a piece of public artwork in Muskoka Lakes.