‘We bought it because it’s a seriously beautiful piece that is robust enough to be outside in the elements and our collection does not have any granite artwork,’ Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said.
Mrs Dawkins would not say how much the sculpture cost, other than that the council had $70,000 budgeted for its annual purchase of an exhibit from 54 sculptures at the beachside exhibition.
Mr Hirata asked $58,000 for Dark Night Shine 2013 that comprised Indian black granite looking like an arrowhead, and was inspired by an image of a shining arrow breaking darkness.
The council’s purchases from the 12 annual exhibitions have created a collection placed along Marine Parade, in the town centre and parks.
‘Buying Dark Night Shine 2013 is a fantastic decision by the council because it contributes to a collection which makes the public, visitors and tourist understand the exhibition throughout the year, and artists are proud to become part of the collection,’ exhibition director David Handley said.