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Posted in art by freoview on November 7, 2013

There is quite a gorgeous, is it young, naive, primitive? religious art installation in Fremantle‘s Cliff Street on the old heritage facade, used by a trillion of wedding photographers as a backdrop each year. The work by Julian Poon was commissioned by Notre Dame University for this year’s Fremantle Festival, and Vice Chancellor Mark Tannock was  delighted about the work when I photographed him with the artist.

Julian Poon won the Youth Award of the most prestigious Australian Christian art prize, the Mandorla Art Prize 2012, and in 2010 he was the youngest artist ever to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in London.

The work will stay up for about a year, so wedding photographers will now have an even more glorious and inspiring backdrop and many new couples might well see that as a blessing.

Roel Loopers

I received this correction from the City of Fremantle on Friday: The Julian Poon exhibition on Cliff Street was not commissioned by Notre Dame. The idea was developed by the artist with the City and commissioned by the City for the Fremantle Festival. Notre Dame was invited by the City to partner with us to present the work as part of the festival.

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  1. wedding photographer said, on January 19, 2015 at 7:44 am

    thank goodness i had my wedding photos here before the art went in! it maybe art and well done to him but this is not the spot for it. it is distracting and not exactly pretty, in fact for wedding photos its ugly. sorry, don’t imagine this will be the wedding wall for much longer.

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