Feath­ers tell of his­tory

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE South Perth fore­shore is now even more eye-catch­ing af­ter the in­stal­la­tion of new pub­lic art.

Cre­ated by WA artist Amanda Shelsher, the art­work Res­o­nance was mod­elled on three swan feath­ers, cast in bronze and stands about 1.9 me­tres high.

Res­o­nance has been in­stalled on the Mends Street Prom­e­nade.

The cen­tral spines of the art­work re­veal anec­dotes and mem­o­ries of lo­cal Nyun­gar fam­i­lies and the first rec­ol­lec­tions of early ex­plor­ers Willem de Vlam­ingh and James Stir­ling.

The feath­ers rep­re­sent a time in the 1940s when the land was used by Chi­nese mar­ket gar­den­ers who sup­plied the South Perth com­mu­nity with fruit and veg­eta­bles.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said the art­work was re­flec­tive of the area’s his­tory.

“Sit­ting on a site once over­whelmed with black swans in the 1600s, Res­o­nance pays re­spect and trib­ute to its new lo­ca­tion with its cen­tury-old chang­ing land­scape,” she said.

“These three sculp­tural feath­ers are sym­bolic of the abun­dant bird life that once stood on these shores and, more deeply, speaks of the spir­its of peo­ple past, present and fu­ture.”

The art­work is part of the City’s A Story to Tell pro­gram, which brings more than 30 lo­cal arts and events ac­tiv­i­ties to life.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d452958

South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty and artist Amanda Shelsher.

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