Mayor Troy Pickard recalled a moment in the early planning for the art work in Central Walk when it was �just too hard�.
He was speaking at Tuesday�s unveiling of the four-font piece by WA artist Geoffrey Drake-Brockman.
�The first report (on a proposed sculpture) that came from the administration said this can�t be done,� Mr Pickard said.
�There is a sea of easements that run through Central Walk to cater for various utilities that run underground and it was just too hard.
�The City�s art collection advisory committee to their credit and endorsed by council said �no this is an important investment that we need in our city centre and we need to move heaven and earth to overcome these obstacles� and for that I thank my elected member colleagues for not giving up.
�Appropriate recognition to the CEO, Mike Tidy and Mike Smith and all the staff for accepting council�s decision and then clearing a path to enable this wonderful art work to be enlivened.�
Mr Pickard said Drake-Brockman had left a significant and valuable fingerprint on the city. He thanked him for his contribution as Joondalup made another step towards �our maturation as the capital of the north�.