ARTISTS have welcomed the return of several Mark Le Buse sculptures to Two Rocks.
Alan Bond originally commissioned the collection of limestone sculptures for the former Atlantis Marine Park, but several were shifted to Club Capricorn Resort in Yanchep after the park closed.
Capricorn Yanchep developers Acumen DS and the City of Wanneroo arranged for the cluster to relocate back to Two Rocks in April to allow redevelopment of the former resort site.
Artist Suzi Logue said the sculptures represented several famous people, including Lady Diana, and marine creatures, and had formed a floral clock in the marine park.
Mrs Logue thanked the developers for returning the pieces to Charnwood Reserve in Two Rocks and placing them in the City’s care.
“They were meant for the public,” she said.
“Hopefully they will serve to delight generations to come and ensure the artist’s integrity as a wonderful people’s sculptor.
“They remain an integral part of Two Rocks heritage, a reminder of the early heydays of Atlantis.”
Two Rocks Yanchep Culture and Arts Network vice- president Angie Beck said she wanted to see all the sculptures, including those in private hands, put with the 12 at Charnwood.
“They are part of our heritage and they have come back to where they belong,” she said.
Mrs Logue said a school teacher arranged for students to paint the sculptures soon after they went to the resort and she hoped they would be restored to their original state.
Along with fellow artist and former Wanneroo councillor Laura Gray, they had liaised with the City and developers since 2002 and documented all the Le Buse sculptures.
“We will now try to liaise with developers on whose property the rest of the Le Buse works, including the Waugal series, are situated to ensure the future of these,” Mrs Logue said.
She said she wanted to see a sculpture walk so future generations could see the heritage links.