New luminescent artwork dazzles in Port Coogee

Anne Neil's new public art piece in Port Coogee.
Anne Neil's new public art piece in Port Coogee.

MOST public art would become almost indistinguishable once the sun goes down, but not a new piece in Port Coogee.

WA artist Anne Neil created the luminescent 18.5m long piece which sits on the first floor of Regis Aged Care’s new aged care facility, which will open on September 10.

Ms Neil said the artwork was made using 445m of hand finished aluminium, which becomes lit with rippling blue and green lights in the evening.

“My aim was to express a sense of joy that comes from living by the sea,” she said.

“The shapes take their inspiration from swirls of water around boat hulls in the marina, waves, shells, wind and fishing nets.

“During the night light trials several people stopped to view what we were doing; from their responses they enjoyed and liked this piece and that is what I had hoped for.”

Regis commissioned the piece as part of the City of Cockburn’s Percent for Art scheme.

The artwork is lit from sunset until 10.30pm every evening.