Artist works on artwork for the Village at Wellard


Bridget Norton working on a scale model of the artwork for The Village.
Bridget Norton working on a scale model of the artwork for The Village.

FREMANTLE-based artist Bridget Norton has been commissioned to create a unique artwork that will reflect the character and spirit of the close-knit community of The Village at Wellard.

Her distinctive and multi-faceted sculpture, to be constructed in workshops in-and-around Fremantle, is designed to fit in with the region’s natural landscape and represent its growth and renewal.

Ms Norton is a celebrated local artist whose work can be seen at The Point in Mandurah and the Fremantle Writers’ Walk.

Peet Limited chief executive Brendan Gore described Ms Norton’s plans as truly reflective of the spirit and nature of the community and said it would be enjoyed by residents and visitors young and old.

“Her work is distinctive and fits well with the natural surroundings at The Village at Wellard and will no doubt be a community marker and meeting place for many years to come,” he said.

Titled Grow, the work incorporates two elements. A 10m high sculpture titled Totem is based on the form of the local marri tree with symbolic structures representing the branches, leaves and flowers. In the landscape below, a series of 2.5m high stamen form a 60-piece interactive flower maze for children to enjoy.

Grow will be made using steel pipe, expanded mesh and red polycarbonate materials, with the artist also planning to incorporate lights to give the work a distinctive night presence.

The artwork is due to be installed by August, together with extensive landscaping and custom-designed shade structures.