Freo's View


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


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, fremantle festival, Uncategorized by freoview on November 13, 2017


High Tide


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


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




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


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




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.


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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


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



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



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



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




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



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



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



Assembly of the huge ‘Rainbow’ sculpture by artist Marcus Canning started this morning at Fremantle Beach Reserve on Canning Highway near East Street and should be completed by late afternoon today.

The sculpture is made up of nine colourful containers and will be nine metres high. It weights 66 tonne.

The $ 145,000 artwork was commissioned by the city of Fremantle and is the biggest and most expensive artwork in Fremantle. In a few weeks time lights will be installed and the artwork will light up with the port cranes in the background. That should be an impressive entry statement to our port city.

Marcus Canning is the director of the Perth Fringe Festival and also created the stunning Ascalon sculpture at St George’s Cathedral in our capital city.

I will post photos of the artwork later today as there was not much to see at 8.30 this morning.

Roel Loopers


Posted in development, fremantle, housing, perth, planning by freoview on June 9, 2015

I love being a photographer but in my next life I would not mind being a city planner as it fascinates me how to cater for such a diverse range of people and needs and blending reality and priority with the big dreams for the future.

Today has been fantastic to create more community debate with a great opinion piece in the West Australian by renowned WA Government Architect Geoff Warn, a blog post on two outer suburbs of the German city of Freiburg by Freo Mayor Brad Pettitt, and CUSP professor Peter Newman stating on ABC that building in backyards creates slums.

Let’s quickly dismiss Newman’s nonsense. Granny flats are great to cater for low income people but also as extra income B&B. Small residential blocks have been successful for centuries in Europe so the notion that we should either have quarter acre blocks or live in highrise along transit corridors, as Newman preaches, should be shrugged off as ideological narrow-mindedness. It also questions the City of Fremantle’s small dwellings policy.

Now to the far more positive and realistic stuff of planning great cities. As Geoff Warn writes in the West “A city is charactarised by the quality of housing and good cities embrace variety, accessibility and vitality.” But he also expresses concerns about bland, low-cost and profit-driven housing on the outer edges of the urban sprawl.

On one of my very rare visits to Perth today I was impressed with the hive of building activity, but also very disappointed with the very unimpressive architectural design quality of most buildings. The only buildings that stands out is the colourful and quirky Perth Arena but the rest is just boring.

What impressed me most in central Perth today was the great mural art. It works extremely well in the narrow laneways and they make a great contrast to the overpowering boredom of the highrises that dwarf them.

Geoff Warn writes “Good architecture and urban design contributes to a well-designed public realm…” That sadly seems to have been forgotten by most of the architects and city planners when it comes to the Perth CBD.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt is very excited on his blog about two outer suburban developments in Freiburg, where cars are not parked in garages or carports but in a multi-storey carpark on the edge. Residents can only drop off and pick up and for the rest the streets are narrow to accommodate children playing safely. Brad also writes that public open space takes up to 30% of the developments, in contrast to WA where it is not even 10%.

I believe the message in this for Fremantle is not to try to copy these concepts in the shopping destination CBD but create suburbs like in Freiburg on the outer edges, e.g. Knutsford Street, and if it is not too late even the North Freo McCabe Street development could benefit from emulating some of what Freiburg has done.

To finish off I quote architect Geoff Warn one more time ” This is the time for more pragmatic research, for more in-depth dialogue and critical debate, and a shift in attitudes toward greater diversity, improved quality and sustainability.” Hear, Hear!!

Roel Loopers

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