Artsourse Connect the Community

Artist April Pine with parts of her installation of 50 big yellow figures in and around Kings Square in Perth CBD. Picture: Marie Nirme d453015
Artist April Pine with parts of her installation of 50 big yellow figures in and around Kings Square in Perth CBD. Picture: Marie Nirme d453015

FACILITATED by Artsource, Connect Kings Square marks the launch of $1.8 million of public art pieces this Saturday.

The event celebrates five permanent art pieces and two temporary installations in the precinct.

Convergence, a temporary installation in the form of life-size, yellow figures on the streetscape, is the brainchild of Stirling artist April Pine.

“They were designed to create sense of curiosity from the street inwards towards the precinct,” Pine said.

“The brief called for an idea of connection, so it’s about creating a sense of movement and sense of connection from city to Northbridge.”

All 50 figures, which range from 170-180cm tall, are made from corflute (a material used to make signs) and will populate Telethon Avenue from April 20 to May 16.

“They all have different characters and there’s a relatability about that,” Pine said.

“We have a diverse culture and audience – it’s about the people connecting Northbridge and the city.”

The figures respond to themes of connection and transit.

“The whole precinct is really supportive of the arts and they’re supporting a mixture of permanent, temporary and dance performances so it’s a real cross section of artwork,” Pine said.

Bronze figures by Rod Garlett, a synthetic contoured turf piece by Nicole Voevodin-Cash, a lighting system by Damien Butler, glass artwork by Pascal Dombis and Gill Percal and a light installation by Warren Langley are the permanent pieces in the precinct.

Artsource chief executive Gavin Buckley said the launch would bring the Kings Square precinct to life.

“Artsource is delighted to have worked with the artists who have created these new public artworks enhancing our city and playing a vital role in the development of this site, which sees the reconnection of the Perth CBD with Northbridge for the first time in 100 years,” Mr Buckley said.

The event is supported by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s Perth City Link project, which aims to reconnect King and Lake Streets for the first time in 100 years in 2017.

Visitors will have a chance to meet Ms Pine and fellow artists Warren Langley, Rod Garlett, Fred Chaney and Ritchie Kuhapt in walk and talks about their installations at 2.30pm-3pm on Saturday April 30.

An afternoon of festivities includes community mural painting, lantern making and street dance performances on Telethon Avenue, culminating in a dusk concert by Phil Walley-Stack.