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FREO STREET ARTS FESTIVAL A GREAT SUCCESS

 

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I just could not get in the groove this year, so my apologies for the inadequate photos of the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival, which really do not show the excellence of the traditional Easter long weekend event.

The City was packed with visitors from all over Perth, WA, Australia and from overseas, so I hope that many traders did get a benefit from it!

Roel Loopers

 

COSMIC COLLISION AT FREMANTLE CIRCUS

 

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It is promoted as a cosmic collision between circus and science, so CRITICAL at Fremantle’s Big Top in Princess May Park might well be a fascinating experience.

It is all part of this year’s FRINGE WORLD so check out http://www.fringeworld.com.au for more information.

It is on at Circus WA from January 31 to February 3 and standard tickets are just $ 25.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET WILL BE EVEN MORE STUNNING

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 25, 2019

 

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I bumped into the owner of one of the apartments at 2 High Street and had a chat with him about the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork. He said the owners of the building are very happy with the way the work has been done professionally by the BUDO group and are delighted about the result.

The owner, a former president of FICRA, also said that we should not forget that once affected buildings along historic High Street have been repainted the street will look better than ever before, and I believe he is absolutely right.

We can forever whinge that this should not have happened, but all the negativity will make no difference at all. Solutions have been found to deal with the problems, the Heritage Council is keeping an eye on the repairs, as are the City of Fremantle heritage experts, so by the time April arrives and the work has been done Freo’s most beautiful street will look even more stunning. I reckon that’s a win and good for tourism.

Roel Loopers

NOTHING NEW ABOUT FREO’S YELLOW ART IS NOT EXCLUSIVE!

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 22, 2019

 

 

The integrity of the West Australian newspaper is on the line with yet again another claim of exclusivity when in fact the article reports absolutely nothing new.

It has been well known in Fremantle for months that former Mayor Peter Tagliaferri has taken a writ out against the City of Fremantle and wants $ 50,000 to repair and repaint the facade of his building on the corner of High and Cliff streets for the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork.

But that has not stopped the only daily newspaper in Perth from claiming today that the article is exclusive. Bull….!

In the meantime painters are working hard to remedy the damage and the first three buildings they have almost done look pretty good to a layman like me.

Roel Loopers

 

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IT IS NOT ALL PAIN OF THE YELLOW ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2019

 

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The removal of the yellow foil and repainting of 2 High Street has been going very well by the look of it, so it is not all black and bleak reporting about the deconstruction of the Felice Varini artwork in Fremantle.

This is what it looked like around 4pm today.

Roel Loopers

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GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL VERY POPULAR

Posted in city of fremantle, east fremantle, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 25, 2018

 

 

The East Fremantle GEORGE STREET FESTIVAL is as popular as ever, as one could witness this afternoon. A huge number of people turned up for the annual festival in the lovely street.

There were lots of dogs and kids, plenty of food stalls, art&craft, stuff, bars, live music and entertainment, and parking in the precinct was at a premium.

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL ON AGAIN

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2018

 

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The FREMANTLE FOLK FESTIVAL is on again in Princess May Park next to Clancy’s Fish Pub, so make sure to book your tickets in time.

It is on December 1 with a great line-up of performers. See the poster above.

 

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KRAKEN IN FULL SWING

 

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THE KRAKEN Festival in the Fremantle Bathers Beach Art Precinct is in full swing this afternoon, so make sure to go and have a look.

There are art and craft and food stalls, live music and performances, stuff for the kids to do, and all that around historic Arthur’s Head.

The Fremantle Doctor is blowing very hard so that will be a challenge to light the fires of the Karla-K Koorling at 7pm. Don’t mis it though!

Roel Loopers

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MEDIA SPOTLIGHT ON FREMANTLE’S YELLOW DEBACLE

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 crews from Channel Nine, TEN and SEVEN 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 and Ten, 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

PS, just bumped into a commercial wall cleaner who came from Osborne Park to have a look at possibilities to remove the foil and he told me Fremantle City has a major problem on their hands.

 

FREO CITY SILENT ABOUT INCOMPETENCE

 

 

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.

 

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