Family artistry

Artist partners: Tony Jones with son Ben and their latest work Freestyle for Bicton Baths. Picture: Martin Kennealey d408573
Artist partners: Tony Jones with son Ben and their latest work Freestyle for Bicton Baths. Picture: Martin Kennealey d408573

Tony Jones, responsible for sculptures such as Wanneroo Sam and Edith Cowan University’s Trajectory, has created ” with his son, Ben ” Freestyle for Bicton Baths.

He said the two 3.5m-tall figures represented ‘the feeling of liberation when learning to swim as a young person’ and the piece was designed to be viewed from the land and the water.

Jones’ other work includes the Matilda Bay diver, Eliza, and the popular sea-dwelling CY O’Connor sculpture at North Coogee Beach.

Wanneroo Sam, depicting a market gardener, is at the front of the City of Wanneroo’s administration building in Dundebar Road. Trajectory ” ‘a book transforms into a paper plane’ ” was installed at ECU Joondalup in early 2011.

His other works include painted ‘seed pods’ at Benenden Park in Butler, and a 12m-tall sculpture in Alkimos, created with Ben and Buffy Jones.

The sculpture, titled Unity installed in May last year in a roundabout along Marmion Avenue, was inspired from the bush and beach, as well as the number three, in the Trinity at Alkimos estate.

‘We wanted to create something that identifies the area and promotes a sense of belonging, while also providing a landmark or ‘way-finder’ and a positive talking point within the local community,’ Tony Jones said.