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Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on August 6, 2018



Tenders for the removal and make good of the Felice Varini yellow artwork in Fremantle’s historic High Street finished last Friday, so we should find out this week what the solution is to remove the foil without damaging the paint and render, and what it will cost the ratepayers.

The City of Fremantle informed me on Friday that the artist was only required to have public liability insurance for the installation of the great artwork, but not for its removal, which seems a bad oversight to me.

While I love the outstanding public artwork Varini created in Fremantle, I believe he should take ownership also of the difficulties in removing it.

The photos above show the effort cleaning and painting companies made last week removing the foil, so they would know what is required before quoting on the big job. One of them said it could be $ 500,000 to do it properly.

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  1. freoview said, on August 6, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    High Tide came under the mantle of the Fremantle Festival, hence CoF officers should have been more astute and making sure insurances were in place for the installation AND removal of the artwork.



  2. Shane braddock said, on August 6, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Every construction project requires Contract Works insurance to cover builders from damage to third parties due to their negligence. What I don’t understand, and what I haven’t received a decent answer to, is why Council officers believed they weren’t required to provide the insurances that the Council requires from every other contractor doing work in the City. Incompetence – pure and simple.

    Also heritage building owners know that there are big fines levied if damage is done to these buildings. Will the Council be fining the artist and the High Tide curators for the damage caused as their assurances of easy removal have been proven incorrect?


  3. Clayton GUNNING said, on August 6, 2018 at 10:09 am

    Terrible oversight by the Officers of the City of Fremantle (it’s certainly not the responsibility of the elected Members) in not having somewhere in the contract that the buildings had to be left as they were before the artwork foil was installed but the absence of any insurance isn’t just the City’s problem but the artists and if the City has to take him to court so be it.

    The traders and ratepayers of Fremantle can’t be expected to fund a $500K restoration bill.


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