Relocation cements Subiaco-PMH link
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.