Client: Brookfield Properties
Location: Perth, Australia
Completion date: 2022
Artwork budget: $650,000
Public Art Consultant
Big Spoon Art Services
Chevron Whadjuk Working Group
The land encompassing the Elizabeth Quay development has a long and significant history both before and during the development of Perth. Being located on the edge of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), the area formed part of the early development of Perth as a city although it was significant to local Whadjuk Noongar people prior to this and continues to be recognised as such.
The original Swan River shoreline has been significantly modified over time by reclamation and development. The development of the Elizabeth Quay precinct seeks to re-establish more connectivity and movement between the CBD and the water, and acknowledge the Whadjuk culture which reveres the river as an important site for gathering.
In resonance with this brief, the Statement Artwork captures a sense of energy and endurance. The image of the living tree, fire-scarred but resilient, is evoked with this work, representing dignity and regeneration as new growth emerges from the recesses between the forms.
The two forms in knowing and silent conversation with each other create a guardian-like welcome to the space. They signify a provocation of place – that we remember the past and together, we walk forwards into the future.
With texture of this artwork being a key component of the sculpture’s aesthetic and tactile experience, it was important to select materials that were sophisticated, yet amenable to conveying the fine details obtained from a tree specimen. Silicone and latex moulds were made on site and transferred to the fabrication studio on mirrored patterns of forms for
casting positive pattern in reinforced plaster/ epoxy. These sturdy cast patterns were used to sand cast aluminium sections of units, and then welded to form a whole unit for bolting to the baffle aluminium core. Finally, the surface aluminium has been stained with a tinted aluclear for dulled and tinted black or white surface appearance. The artwork incorporates high-end lighting to enhance the 3D qualities of the artwork and provide activation and new experience of the artwork at night.
The Statement Artwork is strategically placed as sentinels of the site; the forms stand in paired proximity and in conversation with each other before the main entrance. The artwork enhances the architectural and landscape design of the development and provides unique welcome to the precinct as an instantly recognisable artwork that will become a signifier for One The Esplanade.
The Statement Artwork for One The Esplanade is large scale stand-alone sculpture, which provides a cultural and design anchor for the site.
This artwork was developed through collaborative exploration acknowledging the shared history of the space and revealing past stories. The artwork embodies energy and celebrates our shared history and future.
This artwork was procured through an Expressions of Interest and Shortlisted Artist Concept Proposal engagement process. The contract was awarded to Stuart Green of Big Spoon Art Services and Cultural Advisor, Sandra Hill.
The Statement Artwork is a collaborative public artwork, designed and delivered by Stuart Green (lead artist for Big Spoon Art Services) and Sandra Hill (Cultural Advisor). Stuart’s role as an artist was to generate ideas and concepts for the artwork, together with developing the design for a multi-staged fabrication and installation process. Sandra’s role was to act as a sounding board in the interpretation of the artwork in relation to Aboriginal readings. Her inclusion is valued for her cultural understanding, as well as her contemporary art practice experience. The curatorial brief for this artwork was set by the Whadjuk Working Group, who were present within the selection panel as well as throughout the commissioning process as cultural authorities.