Guard now protected


The Coast Guard sculpture by Greg James.
The Coast Guard sculpture by Greg James.

Standing tall outside Cicerello’s Fremantle is the sculpture Coast Guard, which has been rejuvenated with bright colours after problems with rust.

Renowned Fremantle sculptor Greg James, who created the nearby Bon Scott statue, originally made Coast Guard for Sculptures By The Sea at Bondi Beach in 2010 and Cottesloe in 2011.

It’s the signature piece of the Pawn Project that explores how people perceive the chess pawn.

James said about 30 years ago, he started to make a chess set out of bronze and aluminium, which never really went anywhere, but every so often he’d find one of the pieces.

“At one point I had the notion of what the pawn means beyond the chess set, because it’s the one of least value on the frontline, yet can be so many things,” he said.

“The pawn’s activities are primarily for the benefit of another person or entity and Coast Guard is a nod to those who do jobs that benefit us all.

“The sculpture is an invitation to look at where we are in the scheme of things, which isn’t necessarily what we first think.”

Built from steel and originally an ochre colour, Coast Guard is now resplendent in yellow and blue.

Cicerello’s owner Henry Liascos said it was originally a temporary arrangement to have the statue outside, but to make it permanent it needed protection from the elements.

“It brightens up the area and people coming into Cicerello’s often take photos with it, finding it to be a talking point,” he said.

“The statue gives a real vibrancy and energy.”