Sculp­ture speaks of ‘love, peace, sta­bil­ity’

Eastern Reporter - - Opinion - Vic­to­ria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan with artist Ayad Alqaragholli, of Dianella.

IN keep­ing with the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s sta­tus as a Refugee Wel­come Zone, the first of sev­eral public art­works planned for the area is in­spired by the peace its cre­ator has ex­pe­ri­enced since mak­ing Australia his home.

Called Hy­atti – Ara­bic for ‘you are my all, my ev­ery­thing’ – the $40,000 bronze sculp­ture by Ayad Alqaragholli, of Dianella, is at Dun­can Street re­serve where the artist said his metaphor for ‘love, peace and sta­bil­ity’ would be ap­pre­ci­ated by many due to the high vol­ume of com­muter and pedes­trian traf­fic.

It de­picts sep­a­rate elon­gated male and fe­male fig­ures poised in an up­wards em­brace ex­press­ing joy, love and ex­u­ber­ance.

The Iraq-born artist mi­grated to Perth with his wife and two daugh­ters in 2005, and all are now per­ma­nent cit­i­zens living in Dianella.

Town cre­ative arts of­fi­cer He­len Mathie said the sculp­ture was rel­e­vant to Vic­to­ria Park’s mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­nity.

“Re­cent mi­grants like Ayad will ap­pre­ci­ate the un­der­ly­ing theme of a new peace­ful ex­is­tence that Australia has pro­vided,” Ms Mathie said.

“The pomegranate de­sign on the plinth is sym­bolic of the fruit of heav­enly par­adise that in Mid­dle Eastern cul­ture is said to have been of­fered by Adam to Eve. This is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the new par­adise that is life in mod­ern day Australia, for which Ayad and many other new cit­i­zens are pro­foundly grate­ful.”

Five more art­works will be un­veiled over the next six months in Bent­ley, Carlisle, St James, Burswood and East Vic­to­ria Park.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the op­ti­mism and en­thu­si­asm cap­tured in the sculp­ture “re­flected the at­ti­tude we strive for in the Town”.

Alqaragholli has ex­hib­ited in the Mid­dle East for more than 20 years with solo ex­hi­bi­tions in the Mid­dle East and Asia. He has held four solo ex­hi­bi­tions in Australia.

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