Freo's View

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

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION FOR KINGS SQUARE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on December 18, 2017

 

Percent for Public Art Commission Kings Square Civic Building and Library Redevelopment
EOI# 910/17

This is a rare opportunity for artists to help shape the future of Fremantle’s city centre for the enjoyment of future generations.

Artist Briefing
11.00am, this Wednesday 20 December 2017
Fremantle Town Hall,
Cnr Adelaide & William Streets Fremantle
RSVP: publicart@fremantle.wa.gov.au or 9432 9571

Expression of Interest Documents can be downloaded by registering at:
https://www.tenderlink.com/fremantle/

Total artwork budget $415,000
Shortlisted artists will be paid a concept design fee of $1,500.

EOI closes: 2pm, Friday 16 February 2018

City of Fremantle : Welcome to City of Fremantle electronic procurement and tendering web pages, which has been designed to improve the speed and efficiency for both City of Fremantle and our suppliers.
TENDERLINK.COM

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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

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

MORE FREO FESTIVAL PUBLIC ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 25, 2017

 

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Fremantle artist Trevor Richards created this work LOWDOWN for the High Tide project of the Fremantle Festival in Mouat Street.

I went into the West End very early this morning, so that there would not be many cars parked in the street.

 

Roel Loopers

GREAT FREMANTLE CIRCLES OF ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on October 16, 2017

 

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The amazing artwork Arcs D’Ellipse in Fremantle’s historic High Street by Felice Varini is progressing well. One now starts seeing the shapes of the circles all along the street when viewed from the steps to the Roundhouse.

It is quite mind-boggling to see the use of perspective so well, when at street level one only sees small areas of yellow on buildings, but when combined, and looking down the street they all connect. When the work is finished they will be large circles.

This High Tide public art project is part of the Fremantle Festival that will open in two weeks time on October 27.

 

Roel Loopers

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BORING NEW F(reo)ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on May 12, 2017

 

The new public artwork in the Fremantle High Street Mall is rather disappointing in my view.

My fine art photographer mate Brad and I were wondering this morning why the proportions are so wrong. Small colourful arty bits on the tops of colourless huge thick posts.

The dimensions seemed all wrong to us, no matter that the work is supposedly inspired by the Fremantle Doctor seabreeze and that the elements on top of the posts will be turning with the direction of the wind.

Why do the posts have to be so thick and why were they not also made colourful?

The interactive artwork will have some sound with it I was told, but even that won’t make up for the visual disappointment of it.

YEP, I know that there will be people disagreeing with me, and that is totally fine as beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we all have different tastes.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE ART AT ELIZABETH QUAY

Posted in aboriginal, art, elizabeth quay, fremantle, western australia by freoview on February 4, 2017

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It is always good to hear that Fremantle artists are involved in major public art projects so I went to Elizabeth Quay in Perth on Friday to have a look at the water playground designed by Aboriginal artist Sandra Hill with the ceramic work done by Freo J Shed artist Jenny Dawson.

They were testing the water again when I was there at 10 am so no kids enjoying the water spouts.

Roel Loopers

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BOLD BEAUTIFUL NEW FREMANTLE ARTWORK

Posted in art, city of fremantle, containers, culture, western australia by freoview on August 12, 2016

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It is bold, brave, beautiful and very Freo and will no doubt have its knockers, but who cares.

Congratulations are due to artist Marcus Canning and the City of Fremantle for creating something so stunning that will be a real entry statement to our port city for many years to come, and maybe even after Fremantle Port is no longer a container port.

This is a very Freo work that connects us to the port and the colourful lifestyle and it will become a huge tourist attraction and a place for weddings and functions, and the location just below the developing Cantonment Hill is perfect.

And be assured this is not the entrance to the new Perth Freight Link tunnel. ; >)

Fremantle has long claimed to be the city of arts without having much daring to show for but that changed today. I love the work and will no doubt take many more photos of it in the future.

Fantastic to see so many people coming to watch the installation. Heaps of tiny kids as well.

Well done all involved. I am delighted!

Roel Loopers

 

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CANNING ART AT CANNING HIGHWAY FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle, local government, western australia by freoview on August 12, 2016

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Work is well underway at Beach Reserve at Fremantle’s Canning Highway to install the huge Rainbow sea container sculpture created by Marcus Canning.

I am of course going back to take photos of the finished work later this afternoon, but here some impressions of the work in progress.

Roel Loopers

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