Sculpture speaks of ‘love, peace, stability’
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.