School’s Modern magic
A BRONZE statue is the latest addition to Perth Modern School’s art collection.
The $10,000 sculpture titled Ariel was paid for by the State Government as part of its commitment to spend 1 per cent of construction costs on public art.
Perth Modern School unveiled its new $3.38 million sports centre in March. It was paid for partly by the State Government and wider community, who managed to raise more than $1 million for the work.
The sculpture by artist Toby Bell is made from 80kg of silicone bronze and took three months to make.
Bell said the sculpture represented a spirit who exuded strength and confidence but also tranquillity and reserve.
“She is partially grounded, partially connected to something greater, something magical,” he said.
“The children moving though the school are at an extraordinary transition point in their lives.
“Like Ariel, they have magic at their fingertips. At any moment they may fly. The world opens before them and anything is possible.”
Principal Lois Joll commissioned the piece as a talking point and as a way to inspire students’ creativity.
“Ariel is an excellent addition to the art collection, as she represents inspiration, opportunity and the art of the possible,” Ms Joll said.
Artist Toby Bell with