COTTESLOE early morning swimmer of 30 years Shobha Cameron has dipped into art philanthropy and donated a sculpture by Iraqi-born sculptor Ayad Alqaragholli to the town recently.
“Je T’Adore (I love you) celebrates the nurturing relationship between the men and women of the sea – the swimmers, lifesavers, walkers, joggers, yoga enthusiasts and coffee drinkers who arrive at the ocean in the early morning every day throughout the year,” Ms Cameron said.
Ms Cameron said it had been her dream since 2012 to commission an artwork by Alqaragholli, who has at least six other sculptures in WA.
They include Habibi at Point Walter in Attadale and Hyatti in Victoria Park.
His new sculpture for Ms Cameron is near North Cottesloe Surf Club and joins Cottesloe’s burgeoning public art collection displayed about the town, including its centre and major walk routes.
The beachfront is the primary location of work bought by Cottesloe council from the annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
However, Je T’Adore is a private donation.