Marmion Ave sculpture to go into storage

A sculpture representing the Alkimos wreck on Marmion Avenue. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493414
A sculpture representing the Alkimos wreck on Marmion Avenue. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493414

A WRECK sculpture in Alkimos will be put into storage as part of the Marmion Avenue widening works until a new location is decided.

The sculpture on the roundabout at Graceful Boulevard will be removed during the $23 million dual carriageway project, which includes creating a four-way intersection with traffic signals at that location.

“The sculpture will be dismantled (flatpacked) and put in storage, then relocated at a time when the duplication works of Marmion Avenue are ready for it to be reassembled,” City of Wanneroo assets director Harminder Singh said.

“The cost of the relocation will be jointly funded between the land developers within the northern corridor.

“The new location has not been decided to date, but it is confirmed that the sculpture will remain within the area of Alkimos or Eglinton.”

Wreck sculptures were installed in 2010.

The sculpture and another at the Pipidinny Road roundabout were installed in 2010 to represent the Alkimos and Eglinton wrecks that the suburbs were named after.

Mr Singh said a group of coloured totem poles next to the St James’ Anglican School sports oval would also be removed as they were installed in the road reserve for the southbound carriageway.

“Other than these items, as part of the Marmion Avenue duplication project there will be no other public artworks that will be affected,” he said.

Mr Singh said there were no plans for new sculptures or public art as part of the project to widen Marmion Avenue from Butler to Yanchep.

He thanked road users for their patience during the works, which are expected to finish next year – read more here.