Signature ring unveiled at Elizabeth Quay

Sign here: East Butler Primary School students Liam Mullins (10) and Emily Moore (11) search for names on the signature ring with Perth Rotary Club president Graham Peden.
Sign here: East Butler Primary School students Liam Mullins (10) and Emily Moore (11) search for names on the signature ring with Perth Rotary Club president Graham Peden.

The State Government, Perth Rotary Club and students from East Butler Primary School have unveiled the newest artwork in the Elizabeth Quay precinct.

Planning Minister John Day said the signature ring was part of the precinct’s $4 million public art project.

The sculpture, designed by artists Matthew Ngui and Simon Gauntlett, is inscribed with the names of more than 200,000 WA schoolchildren from 1999.

Mr Gauntlett said 30,000 fibre optic lights had been hand-threaded on the sculpture, making it “come to life” at night. “It’s been a long haul but it’s all been done in WA – we’re happy,” he said.

Lotterywest granted Perth Rotary $150,000 towards the $716,000 copper sculpture, next to the Bell Tower.

Perth Rotary Club president Graham Peden said it was an exciting and interesting component of Elizabeth Quay. “The sculpture provides a visible and direct link to past generations that is easily accessible to all and the artists should be congratulated for reinterpreting this important part of social history in such an imaginative and contemporary way,” he said.