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FREMANTLE HIGH ON HERITAGE

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, historic, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on March 14, 2019

 

high heritage

 

Fremantle’s historic High Street is without a doubt my favourite street in our little port city, so when the sun shone bright this afternoon I could not resist to take another photo of it, with the Roundhouse at the far end.

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FREO’S YELLOW ART REPAIRS ON BUDGET

 

 

There are a few rumours around town and on (anti)social media about the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini artwork and the patching up and painting of the facades of the heritage-listed buildings along Fremantle’s historic High Street.

I wanted to find out first hand what is going on as claims were made about additional work costing the city a lot more money, etc. so I asked Graham Tattersall, Director of Infrastructure and Project Delivery of the City of Fremantle to clarify what is happening, so that we are all on the same page, as they say, and all white elephants are taken care of.

Here is what he emailed me:

“I can clarify that we received council approval to allocate a budget of $211K (for all removal works and associated tidy-up…inc buildings….and roofs, pavement, lampposts etc…).

Our (internal) measured pre-tender estimate for the building removal works was $130k. This included a 10% contingency for potential additional painting to ensure match-ups.

The tendered works for removal of Art-work (from the High St buildings) was ultimately won by BUDO; the agreed contract sum actually being $113k. There have been some minor variations to this figure (to ensure façade match-ups) but we are still well within our contingency allocation.

At this point I am confident that all works related to remove the yellow foil from buildings will be covered by the contract and contingency.

Some additional work to buildings on High Street is being carried out by BUDO under instruction from the owners (for example, numbers 8, 12 and 32 have opted for a full façade paint). In these cases, the City is funding the removal of the yellow paint and remediating paint work where the foil has been (as specified and tendered) and the owners are funding the rest.

We are also looking to refresh some of the City’s existing assets down High Street (painting of lampposts, tree pruning, relocation of benches to High Street, potted trees). However, this work will be covered by operational, maintenance budgets.”

I walk by the repair works a couple of times a day and am very impressed with the new look High Street, so I hope the work will all get done within budget and on time.

Roel Loopers

FREO’S HIGH STREET BEAUTIFUL TODAY, EVEN BETTER TOMORROW

Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on February 24, 2019

 

High 6

 

When I walked out of Chalkys cafe and noticed the beautiful early sun light illuminating the historic buildings along High Street this Sunday morning, I could not resist and take some more photos of the splendid work the City of Fremantle is doing on the removal of the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arc D’Ellipses artwork.

It looks great! Perfect movie set backdrops, I reckon.

It is still a work in progress with many more buildings to do, so something I am really looking forward to.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET BEAUTIFICATION A DELIGHT

 

 

A lot of people have commented to me on how good Fremantle’s historic High Street is starting to look now that the City of Fremantle is in the process of removing the yellow foil of the Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork and partly or totally paint the facades of the gorgeous buildings.

The building at 10 High Street still does have the yellow foil attached but that is because architect Michael Patroni, who owns the building, wants to take it all the way back to the original tuckpointed facade, and no worries, the City won’t pay for that.

It’s great to see heritage building beautified, but that does not mean I condone the mess  the city administration made out of the fantastic public artwork and not doing their homework about how to safely remove the foil. That should not have happened.

I hear that the City also wants to install more seating along High Street and that no doubt will be welcomed by tourists, locals and Notre Dame university students

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

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

 

yellow

 

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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THE FINE ART OF FREMANTLE ART REMOVAL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on January 2, 2019

 

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The removal of the yellow Arcs D’Ellipse artwork in Fremantle’s historic High Street started this morning, so it will be interesting to observe the progress of it.

The public artwork by Swiss artist Felice Varini was installed in October 2017 for the Fremantle Festival and was highly successful, with tens of thousands of people photographing the stunning optical illusion from the steps of the Roundhouse.

Unfortunately the removal of the foil from the heritage-listed buildings proved to be a real pain in the arts and was delayed by six months.

Fremantle Council increased the budget for the removal works from $ 15,000 to $ 220,000 late last year. It is still flabbergasting why the City of Fremantle did not not require the artist to have public liability insurance for the removal of the artwork, as that is common practice in Australia.

Good luck to the contractors who took on the job. There was only one person working on it at 9am this morning, so it is going to be a long, slow and tedious process.

Roel Loopers

 

ENJOY THE SUN WHILE IT LASTS!

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2018

 

colourful west end

 

 

We have two hot days ahead of us before it gets colder and the rain will be back on Thursday, so make the best of the good weather while you can.

This colourful photo I took on Monday is all about Freo; heritage, colour, art, sun, people, alfresco.

Roel Loopers

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VIEW FROM THE FREO ROUNDHOUSE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, roundhouse, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on February 1, 2018

 

clouds

 

The clouds over Fremantle created an unpleasant humidity for the Roundhouse volunteers and the sea breeze came in rather late and quite weak, so it was a bit of a struggle for just two of us.

But school holidays are over so it was rather quiet anyway. Nice view though.

Roel Loopers

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THE BEAUTY OF FREMANTLE. COME VISIT!

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, heritage, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2017

 

freo 2

 

 

I wandered around Fremantle’s lovely West End just before sun set on Friday and took some tourist photos of the beautiful late light.

 

Roel Loopers

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