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FREO’S YELLOW ARTWORK TO BE DEMOLISHED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on June 9, 2018

 

Felice Varini art

 

If you love the yellow Felice Varini artwork along Fremantle’s historic High Street, or if you haven’t seen it yet, this weekend is your last chance to go and look at it as it will be deconstructed next week.

The great Arcs D’Ellipse artwork, which is all about optical illusion, has been one of the most photographed scenes in Fremantle since it was installed in October last year.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S YELLOW VARINI ART LAST WEEKS

 

Felice Varini art

 

If you have not photographed or seen the stunning Felice Varini artwork along Fremantle’s High Street yet, you have only weeks to do so as it is due to come down in June.

The work is all about optical illusion and has been photographed by tens of thousands of people from all over the world who are very intrigued by it. It was installed in October last year as part of the High Tide biennale and Fremantle Festival.

Roel Loopers

 

FREMANTLE FESTIVAL TO BECOME WINTER EVENT

Posted in city of fremantle, entertainment, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on March 23, 2018

 

The annual Fremantle Festival, one of the longest running festivals in Australia, is proposed for a major change from a summer festival to a winter festival.

Officers recommend to Fremantle Council to only have a three-day festival in October this year and then change the date of the festival in 2019 to the month of July.

In the agenda item that will go to Ordinary Council this coming Wednesday officers say there is too much competition during the summer months. A winter festival would revitalise a dormant Fremantle and pull residents out of their hibernation and support traders who are struggling during the quiet winter months.

Roel Loopers

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TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO HIGH STREET ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, festivals, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

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The Felice Varini art installation along Fremantle’s historic High Street has attracted thousands of people, and hundreds of thousands of photos have been taken of it since it was installed in October for the High Tide biennale as part of the Fremantle Festival.

But now it is time to start taking the foil down from the buildings as it is starting to look messy in some places.

The only criticism I have of the stunning art work is that there were no signs placed along High Street to let people know that the vantage point to see the entire work from was the steps to the Roundhouse, as many visitors questioned why these yellow bits were stuck on beautiful heritage buildings.

Roel Loopers

ARTWORK DAMAGE CLAIM ALL SORTED

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 21, 2017

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It looks like I allowed myself to get sucked into a storm in a teacup with the blog post on the damage done to the building at 35 High Street, when they installed the stunning Felice Varine Arcs D’Eliipses artwork there.

The City of Fremantle send me this: The City has been investigating insurance options to cover this. Events staff were in touch with the owner last week and had told him we would be back in touch with him this week to confirm where we are at. The City has subsequently made contact with the owner again and offered to cover the loss.

Roel Loopers

THE FREO ART OF LIABILITY DENIAL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 18, 2017

 

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Fremantle architect Shane Braddock is not a happy man, and he has got every right to be annoyed.

Braddock generously permitted the installation of part of the Arcs D’Ellipses artwork to be attached to the building he owns at 35 High Street, but unfortunately a cherry picker smashed one of the glass panels of the awning.

The property owner puts a claim in with the insurers of the City of Fremantle, but they refuse to pay for the repairs because the damage was not done by a C0F employee. They recommended he puts the claim through his own insurance, but Braddock says the excess of his policy is approximately the same as the repair cost, so he would have to pay for it himself.

Permission to attach the artwork to the building was asked for by the CoF Events Coordinator and the High Tide Biennale was promoted as part of the Fremantle Festival, so why should a property owner pay for damage done by festival participants?

Market stall holders, public art artists, and events organisers, etc. are required to have  a public liability insurance, so surely High Tide should have one and should be liable to pay for the repair of the glass panel.

It is a shame that the outstanding artwork by Swiss artist Felice Varini and the fantastic High Tide now get negativity, that no doubt will result in property owners being reluctant to grant permission for future art installations on their buildings.

It’s simply not good enough!

Roel Loopers

 

HIGH TIDE A HIGH FOR FREMANTLE ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017

 

High Tide

 

The festival season has started off with a bang in Fremantle, with the three-week HIGH TIDE Biennale, which finished yesterday, being a very inspiring and welcome addition to the Fremantle Festival.

High Tide gave Fremantle international flair and creativity that we do not often see in our port city.

The Arcs D”Ellipses artwork by Felice Varini in High Street was one of the most admired and photographed public artworks in Freo. I love it!

A big thank you to High Tide curator Tom Mueller of PS Art Space and all the staff, artists and volunteers who made it such a great community spectacle. More please!!

 

Roel Loopers

FESTIVAL FINALE SLIDE SHOW

Posted in city of fremantle, festival, fremantle festival by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

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MINI FREO FESTIVAL PARADE ON STEROIDS

Posted in city of fremantle, community, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2017

 

 

This year’s Fremantle Festival finale at Kings Square was delightfully controlled madness. It was loud, fun, fast, wet, mad and invigorating.

There was no festival parade but instead a kind of mini parade obstacle course around the Townhall, a bit like a parade on steroids. It was a blast!

Councillor Hannah Fitzhardinge and City of Fremantle CEO Phil StJohn got dunked many times and were really good sports about it.

There was a shopping trolley race with all the food in them going to St Patricks, the schools and community groups were there, the Wasamba drummers made a racket, there was music, the bar was open and Eat No Evil was a very appropriate foodstall for the delightful Sunday afternoon of smiles and madness.

It was disappointing that there were not many spectators, but the lack of a proper festival brochure can be partly blamed for that, as many people have been asking the last two weeks where they could get one.

Roel Loopers

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SO LUCKY TO LIVE IN FREMANTLE

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, history, indigenous, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2017

 

 

Walking around Arthur Head this morning I considered myself very lucky to live in such a beautiful place as Fremantle.

I started with my traditional morning Espresso at Chalkys cafe near the Roundhouse, walked up the steps to have a chat with Glen at the Glen Cowans Underwater Photography Gallery, and wandered down to Bathers Beach where the Indian Ocean water looked sublime and so refreshing, but I did not have my bathers with me.

Back to the High Tide hub next to the Roundhouse where I attended Ghost Ship to listen to Aboriginal history, and I will write a blog post about that in more detail tomorrow.

Ghost Ship is on again from 6-7 pm this evening with a light show. Listen to the story of Yagan, and how important Rottnest Island is to the Wadjuk people.

The Fremantle Festival ends today from 3.30 at Kings Square with the first shopping trolley race, live music and entertainment, so come along.

Before that from 2-4 pm there is free live music in the courtyard of the Fremantle Arts Centre.

The High Tide Biennale will continue for another week, so check out the program as there is some very good stuff in it.

Is it any wonder I love Freo so much?!

 

Roel Loopers

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