Artist sought for land­mark fea­ture

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS -

AN artist will be sought to cre­ate a land­mark pub­lic art­work cel­e­brat­ing Man­durah’s iden­tity.

City of Man­durah di­rec­tor of peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties Les­ley Wilkin­son said that with the com­ple­tion of the re­place­ment Man­durah bridge, a rare op­por­tu­nity ex­isted to cre­ate a land­mark pub­lic art­work that cel­e­brated Man­durah’s iden­tity and at­tracted vis­i­tors.

There is $500,000 avail­able to de­liver an art­work and the coun­cil plans a three-stage process to re­alise the cre­ative vi­sion of the suc­cess­ful artist, start­ing to­wards the end of the year.

The art­work would com­ple­ment the new bridge, re­flect Man­durah’s iden­tity and cel­e­brate the com­mu­nity’s con­nec­tion with the old bridge and the es­tu­ary.

Pos­si­ble sites in­clude fish­ing plat­forms on the east­ern fore­shore, and the body of wa­ter be­tween the east­ern fore­shore and the board­walk to the ex­ist­ing fish­ing plat­forms.

Ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est will be checked out in Novem­ber and short­listed artists will be in­vited to ten­der in De­cem­ber.

The suc­cess­ful artist or artists will be no­ti­fied in Jan­uary and the art­work com­pleted by Fe­bru­ary 2019.

Three art­works – a Wel­come to Coun­try on the walkway, re­flect­ing light­ing on the bridge walls and a 10m panel on the walkway balustrade il­lus­trat­ing Man­durah’s his­tory – have al­ready been com­mis­sioned.

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