Sculpture reflects Town’s diversity

Called Hyatti � Arabic for �you are my all, my everything� � the $40,000 bronze sculpture by Ayad Alqaragholli is at Duncan Reserve, where the artist said his metaphor for �love, peace and stability� would be appreciated by many due to the high volume of commuter and pedestrian traffic.

It depicts separate elongated male and female figures poised in an upwards embrace expressing joy, love and exuberance.

The southern Iraq-born artist migrated to Perth with his wife and two daughters in 2005 and all are now permanent citizens living in Dianella.

Town creative arts officer Helen Mathie said the sculpture was relevant to Victoria Park�s multicultural community.

�Many of the local community are recent migrants like Ayad and thus will appreciate the underlying theme of a new peaceful existence that Australia has provided,� Ms Mathie said.

�The pomegranate design on the plinth is symbolic of the fruit of heavenly paradise that in Middle Eastern culture is said to have been offered by Adam to Eve.

�This is representative of the new paradise that is life in modern day Australia, for which Ayad and many other new citizens are profoundly grateful.�

Five more small suburban artworks will be installed and unveiled over the next six months in Bentley, Carlisle, St James, Burswood and East Victoria Park.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the optimism and enthusiasm captured in the sculpture �reflected the attitude we strive for here in the Town�.

n Alqaragholli has exhibited extensively in the Middle East for more than 20 years and held many successful solo exhibitions in the Middle East and Asia.