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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

 

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

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

 

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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

GHOST SHIPS OF THE PAST

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

 

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Ghost Ship is an experimental, experiential, site specific performance that offers unique and personal insights into Western Australia’s colonial history. Four Indigenous storytellers will share their individual insights and take us on a complex journey through our shared history and our complex past.

Unlike the books that hold the histories of European civilisation, nationhood and the colonial adventure, these Indigenous stories are momentary, ephemeral and tens of thousands of years old.

Come listen to Brett and Lily Nannup, Melissa Dinnison, Ezra Jacobs, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington

No matter who you are in Western Australia, it’s likely you have a relationship to the port of Fremantle. Many of us came here by ship. Fremantle’s rich history of migrants, exports, imports, exploration and multicultural melting pots culminate in varied social, cultural and political facets to the community.

Ghost Ship is the starting point for ongoing conversations that recognise our silenced histories and to take with us on our own journeys.

Curated Cultural Tours TODAY at the High Tide hub on Arthur Head next to the Roundhouse. 
11am – 12pm : Children Friendly
6pm – 7pm : With light installation

More info: http://www.hightidefremantle.com/line-up/ghost_ship/

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FADED NEON SHOW IS ON RECORD

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 3, 2017

 

 

There is an interesting light exhibition upstairs at Mills Records at Fremantle’s Kings Square as part of the HIGH TIDE biennale for this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Zora Kreuzer and George Howlett have created the site-specific light installation Faded Neon.

The High Tide blurb reads as follows:

Working collaboratively with recycled music industry paraphernalia, the artists will ‘live’ in Mills Records. For 72 years this building has been a continuous and rich hub for music and culture in Fremantle.

Howlett and Kreuzer become the gatekeepers of the gallery and adjacent lane, while light and colour inform in the production and distribution of music. This is a dance between artists, light and the building in the iconic Mills Records.

Blank Space (Mills Records), 22 Adelaide St, Fremantle
Mon 30 Oct- Sun 12 Nov
10am – 5pm, Thur – Sun

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL AT NIGHT

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 30, 2017

 

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I went and had a look at the evening art of the High Tide biennale of the Fremantle Festival, although there was an ice-cold wind blowing last night.

The Ships in the Night projections by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building, and the Uprising blue smoke by Tom Muleller inside the Roundhouse.

Felice Varini’s Arcs D’Ellipses looks different at night and the beautiful festival hub by Harris Architects looks wonderful.

 

Roel Loopers

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MORE FREMANTLE FESTIVAL WEST END ART

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on October 28, 2017

 

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Another public artwork of the High Tide biennale has been completed on the Liebler wall in Fremantle’s Cliff Street.

The colourful ARCADE work by Zora Kreuzer, on what is better known as the wedding wall, is part of the Fremantle Festival.

Tonight the projection show SHIPS IN THE NIGHT  by Jo Darbyshire on the Fremantle Port building will start after sunset, so check it out. There is also UPRISING inside the Roundhouse by Tom Mueller after dark, so easy to combine the two.

The Little Italy by the Sea event starts at 11 today in front of the Shipwreck Museum and will also run on Sunday when the Blessing of the Fleet procession snakes through the city centre from 1pm.

The weather is improving so come and enjoy our Freo festival!

 

Roel Loopers

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