Artwork comes to life at Wellard

Artwork comes to life at Wellard

CLUSTERS of marri flowers will forever bloom at Wellard after a 10m high artwork came to life.

Designed and created by Fremantle artist Bridget Norton the creation, Grow is a mark of respect for the surrounding native flora of Wellard.

The lofty steel structure is in two parts with one part based on the form of local marri trees.

Rows of red flower spikes create an interactive maze for children and forms part two of the sculpture.

Ms Norton said the design brief was to create a symbolic, highly visible work that embodied notions of a strong, growing and connected community.

“This was a highly collaborative project between Peet, the City of Kwinana, EPCAD Landscape Architects and me,” she said.

“We wanted to create an iconic landmark which would serve as a way finder and meeting place in the public open space in Village Centre South.”

“I also wanted to the flower maze to provide an interactive play space for kids – something like an Alice in Wonderland experience where you feel as if you have been shrunk as you plant amongst the enormous flowers.”

Materials used were steel pipe, expanded mesh and red polycarbonate materials and it was commissioned for The Village at Wellard by Peet Ltd and the WA Housing Authority.

Work began on the piece in June and it is located at the corner of Corton Approach and Ryhill Crescent.

It was officially unveiled by Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams at a ceremony.

City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the sculpture added a sense of community to public spaces.

“Public art plays an important role in the creation of thriving and liveable communities. Works like Bridget Norton’s Grow not only deliver a sense of fun and local pride, they play an important role as landmarks and help develop a sense of local identity and shared community spirit,” she said.

Ms Norton is a celebrated WA artist whose work can be seen at the Geraldton Regional Hospital, The Point in Mandurah and the Fremantle Writers’ Walk, among other locations across the State.