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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

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.

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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!

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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.

 

PROBLEMS WITH REMOVAL OF FREMANTLE HIGH STREET YELLOW ART

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

 

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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

FREO’S WINTERWORLD SKATING DELIGHT

Posted in children, city of fremantle, family, festival, Uncategorized, winter, winter festival by freoview on June 24, 2018

 

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The Fremantle WINTERWORLD skating festival opened yesterday to the delight of young and old.

The ice rink has been made all weather proof with a roof over it, because last year there was a lot of rain which discouraged people from skating.

The big blue slide is always a big attraction and so are the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. There are a lot of food stalls, from Indian to pizza, so head out to the Fremantle Esplanade for some hours of real winter fun.

WINTERWORLD is open every day till mid July.

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FREO WA DAY FISHING BOAT HARBOUR FIREWORK

 

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The Fremantle WA DAY fireworks were not very spectacular and the crowds stayed away as well for the ten-minute explosions of colours, but funds were limited so it was a good effort to organise it by the Fishing Boat Harbour traders.

Festivities with live music continue today at our most popular fish&chips destination, so head out before the big storm arrives late today.

Here some photos I took from the gundeck at the Roundhouse.

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PARMELIA PARK FIESTA ON TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, community, festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 8, 2018

 

Parmelia Park Fiesta

 

The Parmelia Park Fiesta is on today in Chester Street in South Fremantle, so make sure to take part if you live down that way.

It is on from 2-6pm with a long table dining experience, live music, Croatian dancers, acr=ivities and the unveiling f a new mural by Olivia Samec and Kerry Stack.

There is food for sale and pony rides and a welcome to country by Trevor Stack.

See you there!

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