Public art of the month - 2020
Public Art of the Month - November 2020
Title: Furled by Leanne Bray
Medium: Sandblasted aluminium
Location: Aviator Boulevard, Clarkson (Catalina Estate)
Artist Leanne Bray’s approach was to deliver artwork that best represents a holistic community with the strength of the circle as a symbolic reference to healthy community.
Embracing the concept of a ‘positive meeting place’ and creating a bold, clear statement that activates the gathering place and adds to the local aesthetic. Brought to life by taking something as authentic (to the Australian bush) as a simple gum leaf and transforming it – offering it in a furled fashion!
The shape reminiscent of the curl of a wave, with the intimate patterning wrought into its fabric: echoing the interwoven complexities of daily life and busy community.
Public Art of the Month - October 2020
Title: Compass Rose by Tony Jones
Medium: Recycled metal and timber
Location: Centre northern end of Beneden Park, Beneden Avenue, Butler
Artist Tony Jones used a substantial piece of recycled timber from the East Perth Claisebrook Cove area, with a joint T piece that formed the base for the steel work.
Tony has an interest in most things nautical including navigational instruments. The orb like circles that make up the upper form are reminiscent of an astrolabe and the rose with its points of the compass can be read as such. The steel leg takes its form from a set of map dividers. Most instruments have been redundant by GPS and digital technology and are often inspirational sculptural forms.
Public Art of the Month - August 2020
Title: Eglinton Boat Ribs
Medium: Stand-alone sculpture, weather resist steel
Location: Corner of Marmion Avenue and Pipidinny Road, Eglinton
The sculpture Eglinton Boat Ribs is found at the meeting of Pipidinny Road and Marmion Avenue in Eglinton. It is a celebration of the 462-ton baroque ship, the Eglinton, which was the sensation of the year when it was wrecked off the coast of Wanneroo on 3 September 1852. Not only did it add to the list of unfortunate maritime incidents for which the Western Australian coast had become well known, but also deprived a very bare colonial market of a large portion of valuable cargo. The five rib elements of the Eglinton Boat Ribs can be interpreted in many different ways, but their shape generally alludes to parts of a wooden ship.
Public Art of the Month - July 2020
Title: Chorizema Cordatum, Workshed Mosaics
Medium: Concrete, metal and mosaics
Location: Ridgewood Park, corner Ridgewood Boulevard and Hester Avenue, Ridgewood
The Chorizema Cordatum is based on Perth's endemic flora. These mosaics are part of the conservation and reinvention of the seven pre-existing artworks within Ridgewood Park. Workshed Mosaics (Lisa and Paul Petale) worked together to create this latest piece (unfortunately due to covid-19 the school incursion at Mindarie Primary School was cancelled). The revitalised public artwork can be appreciated by the many motorists utilizing Hester Avenue to access the freeway.
Public Art of the Month - May 2020
Title: Seven Small Bronzes, Ben Jones
Medium: Steel plinths with cast bronze sculptures
Location: Butler shopping area. Corner of Marmion Avenue and Knightbridge Drive, Butler
Each of these small bronzes allude to the lives of residents of the City of Wanneroo and their natural surroundings. The sculptures represent surfing, swimming, gardening and interaction with native fauna. The seven pieces on plinths are designed to be approachable, intimate works that are easily engaged with by passing shoppers. The detail and tactile surfaces of the bronzes invite participation, and provoke memory and stories.
Public Art of the Month - March 2020
Title: Lure, Steve Tepper
Location: West wall Clarkson Library, Ocean Keys Boulevard, Clarkson
In 2004 artist Steve Tepper created this wall composition of two abstract lure forms from aluminium plate for the westerly internal wall of Clarkson Library. It was inspired by the spinning and a reflective quality of a lure as it moves through the water.
The concept drew from three themes:
- The ocean – the depth and life within it.
- Lures – their part in fishing and their qualities.
- Associated text and language – words like algae.
The words are all words related to the sea and aim to stir the imagination. They float in blue/green tones above the shimmering, reflective, water-patterned aluminium surface.
This large artwork really creates a sense of place within the library and is an exceptionally beautiful piece.
Public Art of the Month - February 2020
Title: Merging For Peace, Mehdi Rasulle
Medium: Corten steel and brush aluminium
Location: Koondoola Peace Park next to Koondoola Community Centre
Artist Mehdi Rasulle designed this public artwork to reflect as a memorial to the Australian and Vietnamese servicemen and women who served in the Battle of Long Tan, Vietnam 1966. The artwork represents the past, the coming together in the hardship of war, and the future as living together in a harmonious community.
The Koondoola Peace Park was constructed in April 2018 as a place of reflection and commemoration for local residents and their families who were involved in the Vietnam War.
Public Art of the Month - January 2020
Title: Cloud Column 1 & 2, Tony and Ben Jones
Location: Verwood Park, Verwood Green, Butler. Near Portsalon Park, Butler
Tony and Ben Jones (father and son) are West Australian artists working predominantly as sculptors across a wide range of media and ideas. Cloud Column 1 & 2 are formal abstract responses to natural forms such as seedpods, leaf forms and flower buds. They are not representational, but more markers in the landscape.
Both sculptures are fabricated from steel; the various components were laser cut and expertly assembled to give a three-dimensional form.
Previous years Public Art of the Month
Public art within the City of Wanneroo
Public art is in our everyday environment and can create a unique sense of place and enhance community ownership of places. Public art has a number of benefits including improving the attractiveness and functionality of the built environment, to produce landmarks that act as focal points and icons for the City, recognising local heritage and contributing to cultural tourism.
The City of Wanneroo has a number of public artworks in parks, road reserves and public buildings.