Perth artists create interactive installations for Montario Quarter public space

Andrew Stumpfel’s art work titled “The Wellness Machine”.
Andrew Stumpfel’s art work titled “The Wellness Machine”.

THREE Perth artists have created two new public art work installations, soon to take pride of place at Montario Quarter’s public space.

The interactive art works, to be installed in the next month, were created using new and old materials including steel, remnant structures, light and digital media to celebrate the site’s heritage.

The works, to be commissioned by LandCorp, will draw inspiration from the site’s past life as the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital.

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the artists selected presented outstanding concepts.

“The site’s history as a rehabilitation hospital, which supported many Western Australians through long periods of recovery and treatment, is something we really wanted to recognise and honour in its new life,” he said.

A vibrant vertical installation created by artist Penelope Forlano, titled ‘Mutualities’, was inspired by movement and the human gait, with colours derived from the signage used in the former hospital.

Penelope Forlano’s art work titled ‘Mutualities’.

Dr Forlano also worked with media artist Sohan Hayes to include an animated lighting design to provide an alternative dimension at night.

The second piece, created by Andrew Stumpfel, is titled “The Wellness Machine” and repurposes the former hospital chapel structure.

The structure moves with the wind and change reflection colour.