European artist to transform High St for Fremantle Festival

Felice Varini,  Ciel Ouvert. Picture: Olivier Amsellem
An example of what High St will look like.  Picture: Olivier Amsellem
Felice Varini, Ciel Ouvert. Picture: Olivier Amsellem An example of what High St will look like. Picture: Olivier Amsellem

A WORLD-RENOWNED European artist will transform 800m of High Street in a huge new installation as part of this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Felice Varini’s Arcs d’Ellipses is a custom designed installation that will cover the exterior of more than two dozen High Street buildings from the Round House to the Town Hall, giving the impression of a “cascade” of colour.

Varini said he was thankful for the invitation from PS Art Space’s Tom Muller, which allowed him to become inspired by the architecture of the West End for this project.

“It is applied to multiple buildings, over 25 to be exact, and can be experienced as a cascading experience when walking the artwork from one point to another, or as a more composite experience from the Round House,” he said.

“The work consists of painted self-adhesive aluminium foil which is then applied to the faade of the buildings, streets and pavement.

“The shapes enable both sides of the street to merge.

“Once you experience it you will get a sense of the magic that can happen with this type of approach.”

Varini and a team of workers will be installing the work right up until it is unveiled on October 28.

The Fremantle Festival is on October 27 to November 5.

Visit www.fremantlefestival.com.au for more information.