Peek into palaces of Perth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art -

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.

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