No ad­di­tion to art col­lec­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion - By JON BASSETT

A LACK of the right piece and hav­ing to or­gan­ise the sites of pre­vi­ous pur­chases has stopped Cottes­loe Coun­cil from adding work from the 14th an­nual Sculp­ture by the Sea at Cottes­loe Beach to its col­lec­tion.

“There’s a lot of stuff we like, but a lot wouldn’t go well near a beach with all the wear and tear,” Cottes­loe Mayor Philip Angers said.

The coun­cil has mul­ti­ple pur­chases from pre­vi­ous Sculp­ture by the Sea events that are spread across the town and Mr Angers said the money saved would now be rolled into the bud­get for any buy next year.

There were 70 pieces in the ex­hi­bi­tion this year.

Mr Angers said the coun­cil would in­ves­ti­gate cre­at­ing a tour of the sculp­tures so they were bet­ter known by the pub­lic be­fore the 15th ex­hi­bi­tion.

He said lo­cal busi­nesses an­tic­i­pated a “boost” from an ex­pected 220,000 vis­i­tors to the beach­front event.

Found­ing di­rec­tor David Han­d­ley said the evening crowds view­ing the sculp­tures had cre­ated Perth’s own ver­sion of the Ital­ian “passeg­giata”, a walk to prom­e­nade with oth­ers, each day.

“The at­mos­phere of thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple make it feel as if the whole of Perth, like an Ital­ian vil­lage, is out walk­ing to­gether,” Mr Han­d­ley said.

Sin­ga­pore-based artist B. Jane Cowie won the $5000 EY Peo­ple’s Choice Prize for her in­ter­ac­tive sculp­ture Swirling Sur­round of glass fish in a dome­shaped struc­ture while Denise Pep­per won the $2000 Kids’ Choice Prize for Wait­ing in the Wings that used alu­minium and a mir­ror fin­ish to create wings fram­ing the coast.

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