Shadows of South Perth trees inspire public artwork at new apartment building

Artist Anne Neil’s new artwork at Pinnacle apartments. Pictures: Jon Hewson d464271

The new apartment building.
Artist Anne Neil’s new artwork at Pinnacle apartments. Pictures: Jon Hewson d464271 The new apartment building.

ANNE Neil drew inspiration for her latest public artwork from the shadows created by trees around South Perth.

The North Fremantle artist’s Dappled Light artworks, including sculptures and screens, are a major feature of the new Pinnacle apartment building on the corner of Labouchere Road and Charles Street in South Perth.

“The tender was put out by art consultant Alison Barret and developer Zone Q and I submitted my artwork brief, my idea of including the patterns of light which can be seen through the trees.

“The backlit light box in the lobby of the building was inspired by firewood banksia flower, which I saw during a trip to the Perth Zoo.

“There are hundreds of screens with a pattern that are used from the ground floor to the 19th floor on the northern and southern sides.

“I’m hoping the sculptures outside of the building will provide informal seating as people head to and from the zoo and it’s a place they can relax.”

Ms Neil said the sculptures were created at her workshop in North Fremantle, while the screens were fabricated by Cult Engineering.

“I’m absolutely delighted with how it looks; everyone gave 110 per cent to the projects, from the developer, builders Jaxons and architects Hassell.

“The installation of the screens by Jaxons was amazing; they had cranes and scissor lifts to put everything in place.

“I hope that people like it and are interested in it; so far the feedback that I’ve received is positive.”

Developer contribution policy

The City of South Perth’s developer contribution policy requires developers of projects with a value of $4 million or greater to contribute at least 1 per cent of the total project cost (excluding land value) towards public art.

The contribution can be delivered as public art within the development itself, within the neighbouring precinct, or as a contribution to the City’s Public Art Fund.

The City also invests in public art through the allocation of 2 per cent of the total project cost of above-ground urban design, public open space, community building constructions and redevelopment projects (with a value greater than $2 million dollars) towards public art.