Park sculp­ture to go ahead, de­spite ob­jec­tions

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South-east Metropolitan -

PLAN­NING ap­proval for a pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion at Cen­te­nary Park in Bel­mont won the support of all but two City of Bel­mont coun­cil­lors.

The coun­cil adopted the rec­om­men­da­tion of the city’s Pub­lic Art Ad­vi­sory Panel to ap­prove the fi­nal de­sign of The Ar­rival, by artist Jen­nie Nay­ton, for the com­mu­nity cen­tre at the park.

The to­tal com­mis­sion bud­get for the art­work is $75,000, ex­clud­ing GST, which was ap­proved in the 2013/14 bud­get, and $7000 was spent last fi­nan­cial year.

Main­te­nance costs will be the re­sponsi- bil­ity of the coun­cil.

The art­work will stand 5.1m high with a wing­span of 3.8m, and be con­structed in 8mm per­fo­rated stain­less steel with a satin grain fin­ish.

Three sets of wings stacked upon one another will rise from the same junc­tion point.

The de­sign was in­spired by the move­ment of lo­cal birdlife, namely a lo­cal black duck as it comes in for land­ing.

Cr Pa­trick Gard­ner said he would not vote for the piece, and Cr Robert Rossi said he shared con­cerns about the cost of the art­work, but that noth­ing was cheap nowa­days and it would en­hance the fa­cil­ity and park.

Cr Margie Bass said Cen­te­nary Park had more art­work than any other park and be­lieved it was a waste of ratepay­ers’ funds.

Cr Paul Hitt said he thought it was a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion for the City and Cr Bernie Ryan said it was a “first-class idea”.

The vote was 7-2, with Crs Bass and Gard­ner vot­ing against the mo­tion.

Be­fore works can com­mence, a build­ing per­mit must be sought.

TheAr­rival by Jen­nie Nay­ton.

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