Mystery as Geraldton’s popular Horizon ball sculpture shatters, leaving gap in skyline

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The shattered ball.
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Mystery surrounds the circumstances that led to the popular Horizon clear ball sculpture on the Beresford foreshore apparently “exploding” into pieces, and the City of Greater Geraldton are asking for help from anyone who knows more.

WA Police confirmed on Sunday that investigations were ongoing.

“Police are making inquiries but at this time it is unknown if it is the result of a criminal damage matter or a structural fault,” a spokesperson said.

The City of Greater Geraldton posted on Facebook on Saturday night that the sculpture had shattered and said Geraldton police were investigating.

“We urge anyone who has information to please touch base with them as soon as possible,” it said.

“We know the community will be feeling just as frustrated as we are and we ask people to avoid negativity commentary as the Geraldton Police investigate further.”

Mayor Shane Van Styn commented using his official account that there was more than one potential cause being investigated.

“For now let's also consider component failure as an option for what has occurred,” Mr Van Styn said.

He later commented again to say a resident had reported “the moment it exploded” and made CCTV footage available to police.

The debris had been cleared by mid-morning on Sunday.

Youths with gings damaged the sculpture earlier this year and the City was in discussions with the artist on how to fix it.

The City and Mr Van Styn have been contacted for further comment.

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