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Mystery surrounds explosion that destroyed Geraldton’s tourist attraction, the Horizon Sphere

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Police said they had no suspects regarding the shock destruction of one of Geraldton’s most popular landmarks over the weekend – the Horizon sphere on the Beresford foreshore – with the cause of the damage remaining a mystery .

It is understood that the $ 80,000 sculpture – a two-ton hollow acrylic sphere containing 1,800 gallons of water – shattered on Saturday night after a local resident reported the incident to police after the bullet hit. “Exploded”. Authorities are investigating whether it broke on its own or if anyone was involved.

By Sunday the debris had been cleared and Monday morning Geraldton Police said it was still unclear what caused the damage. Officers were waiting to process further CCTV footage.

Camera iconThe Shattered Sphere on the Beresford foreshore. Credit: City of Greater Geraldton

But they said the police were not prosecuting anyone in a criminal context.

Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was “shocked” to learn what happened to the popular sculpture, but was confident investigators would solve the mystery of what happened. “Police have received details of people who have CCTV footage, we have spoken to the artist and insurers and are currently working on that process,” he said.

Mr Van Styn said the city will also consider options to replace the sculpture in the future.

He asked anyone with information or CCTV footage of the incident to contact the police. It comes after young people with gings damaged Horizon earlier this year, with specialized repairs costing the city $ 8,000.

Some social media detectives have suggested that it was this vandalism that may have ‘weakened’ the sphere and turned it into a ‘time bomb’. It is not known whether the warm temperatures over the weekend, which peaked at 38C on Saturday, played a role.

The empty sculpture base.
Camera iconThe empty sculpture base. Credit: Ruben Carder/Guardian of Geraldton

Images of the balloon spread widely on social media, drawing tourists from across the country. Queenslanders Mark and Janice Maxfield have been traveling Washington state for months and arrived in town this weekend to find the ball was missing.

“We had seen it on all the Facebook travel pages and thought, while we have a little time, let’s go take a look. It was on the to-do list. Ms Maxfield said on Monday.

Mark and Janice Maxfield came from Mackay, Queensland and hoped to see the orb on Monday morning.
Camera iconMark and Janice Maxfield came from Mackay, Queensland and hoped to see the orb on Monday morning. Credit: Edouard Scown

The artwork by artist Lucy Humphrey was installed in 2019. It has won numerous awards and has become one of Geraldton’s most photographed works of public art.