Jindalee’s surfer and pelican sculptures reflect coastal lifestyle

April Pine's Trip V sculpture at Eden Beach estate. Photo: Martin Kennealey
April Pine's Trip V sculpture at Eden Beach estate. Photo: Martin Kennealey

A SURFER and pelicans are among public art works recently installed in Jindalee.

Perth-based sculptor April Pine produced the Trip V piece at Eden Beach estate as part of her surfer series that is housed in both private and public collections around Australia.

April Pine with her Trip V sculpture at Eden Beach estate. Photo: Martin Kennealey

The sculpture, in a small park on Mirabilis Avenue, features a surfer paused in motion as he makes his way down to the beach.

The grid composition allows the work to almost disappear from some angles, disappearing against the skyline as though part of the ocean beyond.

The Trip V sculpture almost disappears into the view from some angles. Photo: Martin Kennealey

Pine worked with developer Satterley and the landscape architects EPCAD to integrate the sculpture within the public open space.

She was one of two artists that tied for the people’s choice award at the Bondi Sculptures by the Sea 2017 for her trio of surfers, Trip I, Trip II and Trip III.

She also has another figure at Cottesloe Beach called Pause.

Five pelicans were installed at the neighbouring Jindee estate late last year, perched on timber sourced from the old Bunbury wharf.

Estate Development Company chairwoman Fiona Roche said the pelicans reflected a connection with the WA coastline.

Pelican sculptures. Photo: Martin Kennealey

“Public art has an important role in enriching communities – not only is it to be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it is about expressing a shared sentiment and sparking imagination or memories,” Ms Roche said.

“Pelicans are a natural fit for our new beachside community as they link back to the nostalgia of growing up around Perth and enjoying our beautiful beaches.”

Rick Grigsby and his brother Ben designed and created the origami-style birds that have been installed at the intersection of Oceania and Midsummer avenues near the estate entry.

“In WA, pelicans are a common sight and one that evokes strong memories associated with the lifestyle we are so lucky to enjoy here,” Rick said.

He said they grew up fishing, diving and catching crayfish on the northern suburbs beaches.

“The pelicans were always there and a part of these experiences,” he said.