Landmark $500K public artwork to celebrate Mandurah’s identity

Landmark $500K public artwork to celebrate Mandurah’s identity

AN artist will be sought to create a landmark public artwork celebrating Mandurah’s identity.

City of Mandurah director of people and communities Lesley Wilkinson said that with the completion of the replacement of the Mandurah bridge, a rare opportunity existed to create a landmark public artwork that celebrated Mandurah’s identity and attracted visitors.

There is $500,000 available to deliver an artwork and the council plans a three-stage process to realise the creative vision of the successful artist, starting towards the end of the year.

The artwork would complement the new bridge, reflect Mandurah’s identity and celebrate the community’s connection with the old bridge and the estuary.

Possible sites include fishing platforms on the eastern foreshore and the body of water between the eastern foreshore and the boardwalk to the existing fishing platforms.

Expressions of interest will be checked out in November and shortlisted artists invited to tender in December.

The successful artist(s) will be notified in January and the artwork completed by February 2019.

Three artworks – a Welcome to Country on the walkway, reflecting lighting on the bridge walls and a 10m panel on the walkway balustrade illustrating Mandurah’s history – have already been commissioned.

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