School’s Mod­ern magic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

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

Ariel.

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