Feathers tell of history
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.
South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty and artist Amanda Shelsher.