Peek into palaces of Perth
WHEN Helena Berggren came to Perth from her home city Stockholm, she was surprised to learn of our rich history of Art Deco architecture.
“Before I moved here, I thought Perth was just full of skyscrapers,” the design student said.
“In Stockholm we have a lot of old buildings which I love, so it has been fun for me to read the Art Deco Society of WA book, Picturepalacesofthegolden Era, and see your old buildings.
“I wish I could have seen the Ambassador's Theatre (Hay Street, Perth, from 1929-72) when it was around, because that was such a beautiful one.”
Berggren, of Cottesloe, is one of four ECU students presenting the free visual arts exhibition Picturepalaces, inspired by the book.
Paying homage to cinemagoing in Perth, it also celebrates the Revelation Perth International Film Festival’s 20th anniversary.
“We have Art Deco cinema illustrations from the book, panels showing the history of Perth cinema and two mini cinemas projecting old footage,” Berggren said.
Picturepalaces is on the ground floor of the Atlas Building, Museum of Perth, 8-10 The Esplanade.
Helena Berggren (second from left) with other members of the ECU concept and design team.