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The West Australian - - NEWS - Kent Acott

In­ter­na­tional street artist Felice Varini — known for his mind-bend­ing tricks of per­spec­tive — is about to make his mark on Fre­man­tle.

His work, of­ten on his­toric build­ings in ma­jor cities of the world, in­volves the cre­ation of flat graph­ics on three-di­men­sional spa­ces.

They look like coloured lines and shapes painted on pho­to­graphs.

But they are, in fact, giant sheets of painted foil used to dis­tort the viewer’s per­spec­tive.

Fre­man­tle’s High Street will be his next can­vas.

The fi­nal na­ture of his work will not be known for two weeks, but yel­low foil has al­ready been wrapped on part of the Fre­man­tle Town Hall.

The foil is tem­po­rary and will not leave marks or stains on the build­ings.

Swiss-born Varini, 65, has been cre­at­ing op­ti­cal il­lu­sions for more than 30 years.

Per­haps his most re­mark­able work was su­per­im­pos­ing per­fect cir­cles on the town of Ver­corin in the Swiss Alps.

Varini and his work will be the cen­tre­piece of the in­au­gu­ral pub­lic art event High Tide, which opens on Oc­to­ber 28 as part of the Fre­man­tle Fes­ti­val.

Ger­man ex­per­i­men­tal sound artist Jo­hannes S. Sis­ter­manns will also be com­ing to Fre­man­tle to cre­ate a sound in­stal­la­tion in the drains of the Fre­man­tle Mall.

High Tide is a col­lab­o­ra­tion between Tom Muller from PS Arts Space and the City of Fre­man­tle.

The fes­ti­val, to be based on the Round House lawn and fea­tur­ing out­door pub­lic in­stal­la­tions and gallery ex­hi­bi­tions, is be­ing sup­ported by Notre Dame Univer­sity, the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments, Fre­man­tle Ports, the Univer­sity of WA, Quest Apart­ments and lo­cal busi­nesses.

Felice Varini’s work in Mar­seille.

Per­fect cir­cles in Ver­corin in the Swiss Alps.

In Bern­ina, Zurich.

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