Planning and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day is calling for expressions of interest from artists across Australia for a major public artwork at Elizabeth Quay.
The $1.3million piece at the top of the inlet will be the entry statement from the city to the quay.
As part of the $440million budget, up to 10 public art pieces will be commissioned that capture the history of the area, enrich the public spaces and engage visitors for years to come.
“Art brings an exciting and interesting element to a new public space and this public art program presents some unique opportunities for talented artists to be part of this iconic project,” Mr Day said.
Other artworks include a piece at Barrack Street Jetty that reinterprets the school signatures from the Bell Tower, a collection of 2D and 3D Aboriginal artworks and a sculpture of Bessie Rischbieth – a leading social figure whose civil action in the 1960s symbolises shifting attitudes to recognising the natural attributes of the Swan River.
The Minister also announced that WA-based joint venture, Decmil Group Limited and Structural Systems and Hawkins Civil, had been awarded the $20million contract to construct the 110m-long pedestrian bridge.
“Spanning the width of the new inlet, the bridge will be a piece of art in itself with elegant double arches, steel mesh balustrading and lights. It will be a unique and distinctive architectural feature for Perth’s skyline,” he said.
“This contract is another example of how the construction of Elizabeth Quay is benefiting the economy and creating local employment opportunities. To date more than 140 small to medium companies have received work due to the project and it is expected to create more than 1,600 direct and indirect jobs during construction over the next 5 to 10 years.
“Local company Clinton Long Project Management has also just been selected to reconstruct the Florence Hummerston Kiosk on the new island next year.”
Minister Day said it had been two and half years since works commenced on site with more than 250,000 hours worked by Leighton Broad and its contractors in the last 12-months.
More information about participating in the expression of interest process is available by visiting Tenders WA's website.