While I should be giving you the big news regarding an action I took this morning I have decided to leave it to the Fremantle Herald, so go get your paper early on Friday!
Pot plants have little to do with my decision, although they are about place making, so maybe they are a bit relevant after all. They look good and it is nice to finish a day like today with something positive.
It must be Christmas at Fremantle council. After having resurfaced the road and put new light and banner posts along the Cappuccino Strip, they have just started installing new colourful square planter boxes on the medium strip. They are a lot more attractive than the ugly purple ones near the Fremantle Market, so I hope those will be replaced with the new ones.
The hanging wall garden at the Fremantle Town Hall is taking shape. I assume this is only the start of it and that it will expand up and out to make it more substantial and impressive, but it is a good start.
The idea came from a community placemaking workshop with David Engwicht, so it is nice to see one of the ideas come into fruition. I hope the Framing Fremantle project artworks by J Shed artist Greg James will also be installed at Kings Square soon, as they came from the same workshop. The City of Fremantle has had them now for five weeks, so the delay in installing them is disappointing.
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New potted trees have been installed at Kings Square next to the Fremantle Town Hall. New umbrellas will be put there soon as well. That is all positive, but why the pots have to be this boring colour, instead of something that compliments the funky colourful new furniture, I don’t understand. Fremantle is desperate for more colour on buildings, pavement, posts, etc.
Those in charge at the City of Fremantle need to become more daring. Bland is not what Fremantle needs. Can we get the pots painted please. Grazie!
While the potted trees trial along the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip is a welcome sight, I was wondering if we could not make them look more arty Fremantle style, and assign artists, like ceramic and steel artists to create plant pots in the form of different coffee cups. Sounds a bit kitchy, but it would enhance the strip’s identity as the place for coffee, and would be fun to look at.
I have no idea of course how one would create Freo’s favourite coffee, the weak, low caffeine, organic, holistic, vegan, soy latte, etc. as a creative tree pot. *>) but I do have faith in the creativity of our local artists.
Only metres away from one another Fremantle shows all sides of life; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
The big pots with trees as part of the Streetscape Enhancement Trial are a great idea and an immediate improvement.
But the ugly banners hanging between the posts of the just renovated Fremantle Markets at Jus Burgers should be removed. How many signs does it take to sell burgers and chips?
To make it worse we also have the fenced off heritage listed Warders Cottages in Henderson Street. A really ugly sight that state government should address with urgency!
The GROWERS GREEN MARKET at the South Fremantle Senior High School celebrated its first birthday today. Well done ladies!!