Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - LIFESTYLE -

PERTH artist Amy Pere­juan-Capone was on a three-month artist res­i­dency in Green­land when in­spi­ra­tion struck for her City of Perth Win­ter Arts Sea­son tem­po­rary pub­lic art work com­mis­sion, One Word for Snow.

“It was dark and cold and I spent a lot of time in­side think­ing about snow,” Pere­juan-Capone said.

“That gave me this idea that I was soon go­ing back to a 40-de­gree Perth with no snow; it was while look­ing at ice­bergs that I de­cided I would like to bring snow to Perth and nut­ted out a way to do that.

“For a lot of peo­ple in Perth snow is al­most like a mytho­log­i­cal thing, where they have this pic­ture of it in their head, but re­al­ity doesn’t quite match imag­i­na­tion.

“I have had the ex­pe­ri­ence of step­ping on the wrong side of the path and fall­ing waist-deep into snow.”

Pere­juan-Capone has found var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around the Perth CBD to de­light peo­ple with her por­ta­ble snow ma­chine, begin­ning ear­lier this month with her first snow off the PICA tower at Perth Cul­tural Cen­tre.

More snow flur­ries are planned un­til July 9, with lo­ca­tions, dates and times avail­able at www.oneword­forsnow.org.

“The snow lo­ca­tions are all in flux with the un­pre­dictable na­ture of the ac­tual weather, so I’ve just been di­rect­ing every­one to the web­site,” she said.

“It has a seven-day fore­cast and there’s a radar sys­tem on the web­site that gives away ap­prox­i­mate lo­ca­tions with time­stamps a few days prior to snow day.

“I wanted to recre­ate the BOM (Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy) web­site, which is a re­ally use­ful tool, so peo­ple could use it in the same way.”

Pere­juan-Capone said One Word for Snow played on the idea there were 50 words for snow in Inuit lan­guages, with a sneaky lit­tle ref­er­ence to Kate Bush.

She said the im­pov­er­ished ex­po­sure to snow in Perth re­sulted in Aus­tralians hav­ing only one word for it and de­fined the lack of diver­sity for the con­cept of snow.

“I want peo­ple to recog­nise that the fun­da­men­tal idea of snow in Perth is ab­surd and ironic,” Pere­juan-Capone said.

“And I want them to en­joy this and to re­spect the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment they’re in.

“Then that links to a se­ri­ous mes­sage about cli­mate change and how things like snow and ice are be­com­ing more pre­car­i­ous and un­pre­dictable and dis­ap­pear­ing.”

Tanya MacNaughton

Pic­ture: Phoebe Tran

Amy Pere­juan-Capone with her snow ma­chine.

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