Close up of ceramic tile with signatures
19 November 2015

School signatures return to Barrack Street Jetty

  • Elizabeth Quay

Planning and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day has unveiled a new public artwork at Barrack Street Jetty titled Signature Ring today in front of past and present school students.

Mr Day said the artwork had been brought to life by a great many people dedicated to seeing this part of social history preserved for future generations.

“Local artists Matthew Ngui and Simon Gauntlett have worked tirelessly to create this remarkable sculpture, made possible by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority with the support of the Rotary Club of Perth and Lotterywest.” 

The Signature Ring artwork reinterprets 200,000 signatures of school students collected across Western Australia in 1999 as part of the millennium celebrations.

“The level of detail in the artwork is incredible. All of the signatures that were at the base of the Bell Tower have been etched into hundreds of copper plates creating this new contemporary artwork to be enjoyed for many years to come.”

“The Signature Ring will become a must see attraction for visitors to the city and I encourage everyone to come down and take a fresh look at the newly revitalised Barrack Street Jetty.”

Minister Day said works to revitalise Barrack Street Jetty were completed earlier this month including a new decked event space and water feature in front of the Bell Tower.

“Barrack Street Jetty has always been considered an integral part of the vision of Elizabeth Quay and the State Government has invested more than $20million in improving amenities, infrastructure and landscaping throughout the public areas to complement the future waterfront precinct.”

A new online tool has also been created so the community can see how the signatures once looked, how they look now and to help locate their signature on the sculpture. 

“The online application makes it easy for anyone, anywhere in the world to see a copy of their original school tile and see how it looks today on this great new public art piece."

A video of the Signature Ring at night showing the fibre optic features on display is available for viewing. 

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