Love art? Follow a free public art walk around Perth.
Public Art Walks are created to enrich visitor understand of life and history of the city as they explore the region. There are a couple of really great art walks in Perth City and Mandurah.
Art City, Perth City
Art City is a guide commissioned by the City of Perth and other organisations to introduce visitors to Perth's public art. This art conveys Perth's cultural heritage and is created to enrich visitors understanding of life in Perth as they walk around and explore the beautiful surroundings. For more information view descriptions of just some of the art work pieces below and download the City Art Walking Trail map
- State Images Mosaics: Artists used over 60,000 tiles to create mosaic artworks that represent each region’s culture, community and lifestyle at the turn of the millennium. Located at the Swan Bell Tower, Barrack Square by Community Groups with artists Simon Gevers and Tania Ferrier.
- Bronze Swans: The bronze swans represent a natural feature of the Swan River. Text engraved on the surface of each swan are not intended to be easily read, but unravelled. Located at Swan Bell Tower, Barrack Square by artists Sue Flavell and Gina Moore.
- Kangaroos at Stirling Gardens: This art is a realistic interpretation of a group of life size kangaroos bounding along St Georges Terrace, led by the large dominant male. Located at Stirling Gardens, St George's Terrace by artists Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith.
- The Greenway: A series of artwork that represent the chain of wetlands, which ran from the river westwards to the sea. The artwork exhibits representation of some of the locally extinct flora and fauna and the power of water to sculpt the landscape. Located on the corner of Claisebrook Road and Royal Street, East Perth by artist Nola Farman in collaboration with Tract WA Pty Ltd.
- Regeneration: A 14 metre relief mural, providing a visual history of Claisebrook. The mural tells a story of the rising and falling fortunes of East Perth and traces its origins from the Bibbullmun nation to the arrival of Europeans, industrial and horticultural growth, the phase of dormancy, and finally urban renewal in the 1990s. Located at the Victoria Gardens, East Perth by artist Joanna Lefroy Capelle.
- The Charnock Woman: this 25 metre mosaic tells the Bibbullmun Dreamtime story of the evil Charnock Woman. Four magpie totems in flight symbolise the spirit people who turned into magpies to attack the evil Charnock woman who used her long hair to trap children. During the battle it is believed the Charnock woman was flung into the sky and formed the Milky Way. Located at Victoria Gardens, East Perth by artists Miv Egan, Sandra Hill and Jenny Dawson.
- Sea Queen: This piece of art was created to reflect the artist’s childhood, when learning to sail, swim and fish in the Swan River. A figure holding a model yacht stands in the water. Nearby is an old repainted fishing boat "moored" against a dock at the water’s edge representing another aspect of river life. Located at Claisebrook Cove, East Perth by artist Tony Jones, assisted by Matt Dickmann.
East Perth Public Art Walk, East Perth
East Perth Public Art Walk is located just 5 minutes from the Perth CBD in stunning Claisebrook Cove. The talents of urban designers, landscape architects and artists are reflected in imaginative buildings, street furniture, landscape features and stand-alone works of art. Download the Claisebrook Cove Art Walk brochure or view descriptions of some of the art work pieces below.
- Small Figurative Bronzes: A series of small lifelike bronze castings have been installed to delight and surprise as part of the pocket park in Macey Place. By artist Greg James.
- The Niche Wall Mural: A stunning 14-metre-long wall mural is an allegory for the history and development of East Perth. It interprets the evolution of East Perth from its origins in the Bibbulmun nation, to settlement with the arrival of the Europeans, its industrial and horticultural growth, a phase of dormancy, and its renewal as a place of community and harmony of the human spirit. By artist Joanna Lefroy Capelle.
- Steel Magnolias: These sculptures are made from industrial ‘junk’ salvaged from the old Perth Gasworks. They are like magnificent organic plants symbolising the park’s metamorphosis from industrial land back to nature. By artist Jon Denaro.
- Diver and Guard Dogs: In the elevated residential subdivision of Belvidere, a figure stands on its hands atop a timber column. This humorous spoof on Nelson’s Column is surrounded by timber guardian dogs that are popular with children. By artist Russell Sheridan.
- Sea Queen and Standing Figure: The old river boat is permanently ‘moored’ at the jetty on the northern side of the Cove, now a place to sit and take in the view. The abandoned fishing boat was found on East Perth’s foreshore and restored by sculptor Tony Jones. The memories of a life on the river are represented in Standing Figure holding a sailboat, her head turned to the direction of the wind. By artist Tony Jones.
- Art in Landscape: The artist has tried to create a tension between our own memories of a real wetland and the artificial landscape of the Greenway. Specially planted paperbarks appear to be forcing their way through the paving; irregularities in the limestone channel make the water bubble and dance. By artist Nola Farman.
The Federation Heritage Art Walk, Mandurah
The Federation Heritage Art Walk will take you on an enlightening journey through the Mandurah and Peel region. The works highlight the colonial history of the region and allows you to experience the best this region has to offer. See a description of some of the art work pieces below or grab a map from the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
- First Government School: This school opened in 1900 with Mr Robert Dalrymple from Belfast as both head master and teacher. The classes included writing, reading, arithmetic, history and geography. Today the First Government School site is occupied by the Mandurah Community Museum and Historical Society. The school classroom recreated within the museum is very popular and looks much as it did in 1900. By artist Anne Neil.
- Mrs Lyttleton’s Inn: Mrs Sarah Lyttleton was the wife of Dr Lyttleton, employed by the founder of the area Thomas Peel, as the surgeon for the settlement. She and her husband moved to Albany in the late 1830's. However on his death in the early 1840s Mrs Lyttleton returned to Mandurah, and on an acre of land near the ferry she built an inn and boarding house. The artwork (2000) at this site is a reminder of the many travellers who passed this way and is made of tinted cement fondue. By artist Claire Bailey.
- First Government Jetty: Since the beginning of the colony, lack of direct transport to and from Mandurah was a problem. Most things arrived by sea, yet a sandbar at the mouth of the estuary could be problematic. In mid 1890 the Government undertook improvements and opened the bar, and in 1896 the Public Works Department contracted the building of the First Government Jetty. The artwork (1998) evokes the aspiration of ‘life’s journey’ within us all and consists of three separate cast bronze works on top of old jetty pylons. By artist Claire Bailey.
- Peel Inlet Preserving Works: In September 1880 the first tins of fish were turned out by C.Tuckey & Co’s Peel Inlet Preserving Works. The first fish canned were sea mullet caught by sieve nets in large quantities between September and March in the estuary and along the coast. Fishermen were paid seven to eight shillings for each 100 fish delivered to the cannery. The artwork (1998) charmingly acknowledges ‘the early pioneering days’ of Western Australia’s commercial fishing industry and is made of cast bronze. By artist: Mary Knott.
- Aboriginal Fishing Site: The Mandurah estuary is recognised as an important traditional fishing site for Aborigines. The artwork (1999) celebrates the spiritual beliefs and cultural traditions of the Noongar people and highlights the significance of the waterways in Aboriginal lore. The design was researched and created by Noongar artist Sandra Hill. She worked with ceramic artist Jenny Dawson and members of Winjan Aboriginal Corporation and their families, in creating this outstanding hand-made mosaic. By artists Sandra Hill and Jenny Dawson.
- Renown Bakery: In the early 1900's, a Mr Scrivinern initially owned the bakery. In the early years bread was sold in a 2 pound loaf, and some customers were known to bring back their loaf because "it didn’t weigh enough!". In the 1930's the bakery was taken over by William Munice, and ‘Muncie’s Renown’ continued to be celebrated for bread baked in wood ovens right up until the 1970's. The mosaic artwork (2000) and old jetty pylon seating asks you to sit down, enjoy a tasty snack and watch the pelicans watching you - in the hope of a feed! By artistClaire Bailey.
- Open Air Picture Gardens: Originally owned by Mrs Lanyon, the picture gardens were bought by Hobart Tuckey in the late 1920's and run by Mildred Edith Tuckey and her son Owen, who helped during school holidays. The picture show had a big impact on the social life of the community. The new items in the early 'talkies' were an important way for people to gain information. The mosaic artwork (2000) is an invitation to "please be seated", and enjoy the scene in downtown Mandurah. By artist Claire Bailey.
- First Government Post and Telegraph Office: In 1887 the telegraph lines were extended to Mandurah and helped to reduce 'the tyranny of distance' for the early settlers. The artwork (2000), made of hand-made tiles, reminds us to remember someone with a handwritten postcard or letter. The Office was also an important meeting centre for the area when people came in by foot, horse or carriage to collect their mail. By artist Claire Bailey.
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