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Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2018


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The removal debacle of the yellow Arcs D’Ellipse artwork in Fremantle’s historic High Street is in the media spotlight today with an article and photos in the West Australian and a crew from Channel Nine interviewing people on the street this morning and interviewing Mayor Brad Pettitt at 10.30am.

The media release by the City of Fremantle states that it was easy to remove the artwork from the Townhall, and that is for a very specific reason. The renovation of the Townhall included anti graffiti coating and that created problems for artist Felice Varini when he attached the yellow foil. It actually partly blew off after a big storm and the artist had to go back up on a cherrypicker and do it again.

The media release also states the City has budgeted for repairs to the buildings, but how do you budget for something when you don’t know the costs? Did CoF budget $ 50,000 or $ 500,000?

As I said to Channel Nine, the artwork is great and I will always support creative and innovative public art, but it was done back to front with testing now done on how to remove the foil. You don’t hold a concert at the Fremantle Arts Centre and then do a sound check after the event.

Anyway, time will tell if a professional painter or industrial chemist will come up with a solution of removing the yellow foil without major damage to the paintwork.

Roel Loopers





A year ago Fremantle celebrated the inclusion of the historic West End on the WA State Heritage List, but at present it is playing deaf and dumb about the damage done and problems with the removal of the Arcs D’Ellipse yellow artwork along High Street.

There has been no official word from the City of Fremantle, probably because they don’t want to admit liability in case it becomes a legal process with property owners, and probably it is just one of those immature PR exercises where the idea is that if you don’t respond to criticism it will just fade away.

I had another look yesterday at some of the damage already done by removing the yellow foil from heritage listed buildings and it’s not pretty. It is unlikely that building owners will accept a patch up job where the paint does not perfectly match the existing paint, and that might well mean that some of the buildings will have to have a significant paint job at huge costs to the ratepayers.

The process has been back to front, with the City now getting testing done on how to safely remove the foil, when that should have been done well before permission was given to the artist to attach it.

Will the City of Fremantle insurance cover the damage when it was attached by volunteers who are not staff of the City? Will the City of Fremantle admit this was amateur hour incompetence, and what about the silence of the High Tide Biennale directors and curator about this shambles? All those who were keen to take credit and be photographed with the Felice Varini artwork are now nowhere to be seen or heard.

Not commenting won’t make it go away, City of Fremantle!

Roel Loopers

I received this official statement from the City of Fremantle late on Wednesday afternoon:

The Arcs d’Ellipses artwork proved to be hugely popular and helped to raise Fremantle’s profile and attract thousands of visitors to the West End.

The City commenced the removal of the artwork last month by removing it from the Town Hall without any difficulties, but has encountered some problems removing it from some buildings on High Street.

It was always a condition of the agreement with property owners that the City would make good any damage to paintwork as a result of the removal of the artwork. There is provision for this in the City’s budget.

The City will work with building owners to ensure any damage caused by the removal of the artwork is repaired.

The City is looking to engage a paint specialist within the next week to assist in the removal of the artwork and repair of the buildings. Once they’ve been engaged we will have a better understanding of the costs involved.



Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2018


Japingka show July 20


The great Japingka Gallery in Fremantle’s High Street must be one of the first and oldest Aboriginal art galleries in the Perth metro area.

This Friday their new show by Lockhart River artists Fiona Omeenyo and Rosella Namok opens, so make sure to go and have a look. The show will be on display till August 29.

The painters’ style, using thick layers of paint overlaid and scraped back to reveal earlier layers, gives a sense of the lush tropical landscape and bright light. It also reflects the importance of the people in recognising the meanings and stories associated with the land, the sea and the ceremonies that connect all of these together.

Fiona Omeenyo focuses on the importance of family and clan connections, depicting groups of people fishing and working the coastal regions and river estuaries. In essence the spirits of the people and their ancestors are suggested in the imagery, which is both human-like and representative of ancient rock engravings.

Rosella Namok creates images of the broader landscape, the seasons and the changing light as day merges into night. Her paintings of tropical rainstorms and the tidal patterns left by the Flow of the ocean suggest the importance of the natural rhythms of life and nature.

Roel Loopers


Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, craft, culture, indigenous, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018


Walyalup ACC


The City of Fremantle WALYALUP ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE is looking for Noongar facilitators, teachers, artists and musicians to teach about Noongar culture.

Contact the WACC on:


Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 16, 2018



There is quite an incredible amateur attitude at the City of Fremantle regarding the damage done to heritage buildings by the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork along High Street.

The assurance to building owners that the City will repair the damage is simply not good enough because it will only ever be patch up work. Some of the deeper damage may require re-rendering parts of the buildings, and after that the near impossible task will start to colour match fading paint in all different forms and shapes all over the buildings.

It is not good enough that there was a cavalier attitude toward using these old buildings by the well-paid artist, the High Tide biennale directors and City of Fremantle staff, and it is extremely unprofessional that someone’s word was accepted that it would be easy to remove the foil, instead of doing proper testing before the yellow foil was allowed to be attached to the buildings.

The West End is the soul of Fremantle and its significance should never be under estimated and be taken for granted, but that is what all involved with this art project did!

I love the Varini artwork and so did the tens of thousands of visitors who admired it and promoted it all over the world on social media. It is very important to have great innovative public art and that should never be discouraged, but the basic principle has to be that one knows what one is doing, and not let someone else clean up the mess.

It is not good enough City of Fremantle and the lack of professionalism of some of the people involved should be seriously questioned.

We also still have not heard an official word from our City’s leaders about this, so what about it CEO Phil StJohn and Mayor Brad Pettitt?

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on July 13, 2018


Arcs D'Ellipse


In remarkable proof that reality can be more intriguing than fiction the removal of the yellow Felice Varini artwork along Fremantle’s Hight Street has been stopped. The City has advised property owners that the City of Fremantle is conducting further investigation into the effective removal of the foil from the buildings.

At the time of installing the artwork it was claimed that foil would be used so that the heritage facades would not be damaged, but it appears now that neither the High Tide curator nor City staff actually tested if the foil could be removed without any problems.

It seems a very unprofessional approach to claim easy removal of the foil without knowing if that is the case, and property owners rightly question who will be responsible for eventual repairs and if the High Tide insurance will pay for it.

The glass repair company which repaired the damage done at the installation of the work on the building next to the Orient Hotel still had not been paid for their work last month, eight months after the damage was done.


Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, j shed, Uncategorized by freoview on July 5, 2018


Jenny Dawson art


Fremantle J Shed ceramic artist Jenny Dawson was a member of the team that won the Playspace Award by Park&Leisure Australia for the Piney Lakes Sensory Playground in Melville.

” This award is given to a regional level play space that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of “place’’ for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.”

Jenny Dawson collaborated with students of three primary schools in the area and DADAA artists to create the work.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, environment, plastic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2018


Bitches Brwe plastic free July art


Fremantle High Street framers BITCHES BREW will be involved with Plastic Free July this year

The BB Art Space will be hosting work from 3 local environmental artists, each showcasing a very different approach, using some fantastic mediums.

There will also be a special installation from the Plastic Free July Foundation on display, and raising awareness. It starts on July 1, so go and check it out!

Roel Loopers




Varini art


After eight months of delighting Fremantle residents and tourists the Felice Varini  Arcs D’Ellipse yellow artwork in the West End is coming down.

Workers started removing the foil from the Townhall this morning and the art along High Street will be peeled off in due course as well.

The public art installation by the Swiss artist was part of the High Tide Biennale and installed in late October last year.

It was not only a delight to see the stunning optical illusion every day, but even more so to see the reaction of visitors. The artwork definitely had the WOW! factor and left many amazed, impressed and with a smile on their face when viewing it from the Roundhouse.

Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration with us Felice Varini!

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle ports, maritime, photography, rain, Uncategorized by freoview on June 19, 2018

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When I saw the rainbow over Fremantle this morning I just had to get a photo of it with the Maritime Museum. While there I also could not resist to take yet another reflection photo in one of the big puddles.

Roel Loopers

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