Re­lo­ca­tion ce­ments Su­bi­aco-PMH link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

AN ICONIC Su­bi­aco sculp­ture has been moved to the City of Su­bi­aco li­brary af­ter be­ing dis­played at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal for the past 24 years.

The art­work called Kite Chil­dren was un­veiled on Septem­ber 2 and was re­lo­cated thanks to joint fund­ing by the City, Child and Ado­les­cent Health Ser­vice and the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute.

Su­bi­aco Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said the sculp­ture was a beau­ti­ful ad­di­tion to the City’s grow­ing pub­lic art col­lec­tion and could not be more at home at the li­brary.

“The chil­dren are the per­fect peo­ple to greet vis­i­tors in and out of the li­brary. The sculp­ture cap­tures the joy of play­time and shares a glimpse of the world through the eyes of a child,” she said.

“The sculp­ture rep­re­sents a very proud part of the City’s his­tory as the home of pae­di­atric care in Western Aus­tralia.

“The iconic art­work high­lights the City’s con­nec­tion with Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal and chil­dren from all over the State.”

The sculp­ture was de­signed by Yanchep artist Owen Davies and fea­tures two chil­dren, one hold­ing a bear, while the other holds a kite han­dle.

Kite Chil­dren was orig­i­nally do­nated to PMH in 1992 by for­mer se­nior ear, nose and throat sur­geon Dr Har­vey Coates, and was moved be­cause of the im­pend­ing re­lo­ca­tion of pae­di­atric health care to Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

PMH act­ing ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Michelle Dil­lon said mov­ing the sculp­ture to the li­brary would keep the hos­pi­tal’s his­tory alive in Su­bi­aco.

Dr Har­vey Coates, Mayor Heather Hen­der­son, sculp­tor Owen Davies, Kite Chil­dren model and now GP ob­ste­tri­cian Sarah Moore and daugh­ter Alice (cen­tre) at the un­veil­ing of the sculp­ture.

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