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14 March 2012

Striking public art sets East Perth shimmering

  • Claisebrook Village

The State Government today launched a significant new public art installation at Claisebrook Village in East Perth.

Planning Minister John Day said the public art piece, called Shimmer, effectively caught the interest of river users, local residents and visitors to the area.

"This public art piece is a significant contribution to the continuing renewal of the Claisebrook Village project,” Mr Day said.

"The contemporary nature of the artwork reflects the urban renewal of Claisebrook and signifies the evolution of public art during the past 20 years in East Perth.”

"Designed by the creative team of Perth artist Jurek Wybraniec and architect Stephen Neille, Shimmer commands a presence on the foreshore, glistening from across the inlet and the Burswood Peninsula, and is also visible by westbound traffic on the Graham Farmer Freeway.

The Minister said the $212,000 artwork was funded through the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Public Art Policy through which developers contribute funding for public art.

"The State Government recognises that art in public spaces fosters a better quality of life as well as a strong sense of identity in the community,” he said.

"With Perth’s growing population and changing urban environment, it is important that our city offers destinations that will showcase Perth’s natural assets and beauty and deliver interesting places to attract locals and visitors."

Shimmer is the final public art installation for Claisebrook Village and will be part of the Public Art Walk that showcases an eclectic mix of 27 separate pieces from 17 artists throughout the East Perth redevelopment area.

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The artwork is made from fully welded stainless steel and encompasses a sculpted ‘curtain’ located four metres above the ground.

Shimmer will be the final addition to the Claisebrook Public Art Walk, celebrating the past 20 years of urban renewal in the area.