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Posted in art, arthur head, city of fremantle, heritage, local government, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on November 8, 2018



A group of tourists, on an historic tour of Fremantle yesterday, commented to me that the yellow Felice Varini artwork along historic High Street has started to look like a messy eyesore, and I agree with that.

All the trials to try to remove the yellow foil have left walls looking ugly and damaged, so it is really time for the City of Fremantle to get a move on.

Summer is just around the corner and there is already an increase in cruise ship visitors, backpackers and others, so our city should look at its best. Instead we got the yellow mess saga that appears to continue indefinitely, with some building owners taking legal action, and we also got lots of fences all around Arthur’s Head because of fear of rockfall there.

I know that the wheels of any government turn very slowly, but it is time to clean up the mess in the West End with urgency and priority!

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 5, 2018




I had a whinge yesterday about the Piazza gates being closed at the LIV apartments in Fremantle’s Queen Victoria and Quarry streets, but it appears that is only happening on weekends, as the gates were open today.

It finally gave me the opportunity of photographing the fantastic Rick Vermey artwork from different angles.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, property, real estate, residential, Uncategorized by freoview on November 4, 2018



I have got an issue with the misuse of the percentage for the arts at new developments.

The Fremantle  LIV apartments by Defence Housing were supposed to have a public piazza and thoroughfare between Quarry Street and Queen Victoria Street, so we all could walk under and enjoy the great ‘public’ artwork by Rick Vermey.

However I noticed today that gates have been installed on both sides, so that the public does not have access to the piazza, which makes me wonder when is public art actually public art? One cannot really appreciate how fantastic the art work is unless one can walk underneath it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, festivals, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 2, 2018


The FREMANTLE BIENNALE, which was held for the first time in November last year, will be on again around the same time next year in 2019.

The Hightide theme was fantastic and we saw so many great creative public artworks, so I am looking forward to the next one.

The new advisory committee of the Fremantle Biennale was announced yesterday, so here it is:

Ted Snell – Chief Cultural Officer at the University of Western Australia

Margaret Moore – Founder and Director of Moore Contemporary

Clothilde Bullen – Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Leigh Robb – Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia

Peter Woodward – Director of Landscape Architecture practice Woodward Design

Ian Kortlang – Managing Director of Strategy and Public Affairs FTI Consulting, Sydney

Ariane Palassis – Heritage Architect and Independent Artist

Tristen Parr – Program Manager Tura New Music and Independent Artist

Jonathan Harris – Director Harris–Jenkins Architects


Tom Mùller – Co-founder & Artistic Director

Katherine Wilkinson – Program Director

Ned Beckley – Contemporary Music Curator

Claire Montgomery – External Relations

Dawit Eshete – Communications

Read more about our people:

The Fremantle Festival will move next year to become a inter festival in July, so that will be an interesting change.

Roel Loopers






The City of Fremantle has advised all property owners along High Street, whose buildings are affected by the Felice Varini Arcs D’ellipse yellow artwork, that the City have put out a request for tender for the removal of the stunning artwork, that was put up for the Fremantle Festival in October last year.

A photographic survey with details on the recommended removal technique for each type of substrate on a building-by-building basis will be added to the tender documentation.

The City undertook extensive sampling of various methodologies and has developed a comprehensive list of requirements to ensure that the most appropriate contractor will be awarded the tender.

Work to remove the yellow foil is estimated to start in mid November and completed before Christmas.

Roel Loopers



Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on September 28, 2018


It is disturbing for WA artists and local governments that the State Administrative Tribunal(SAT) has expressed the opinion that the percentage for the arts policy should not be part of local government development approval.

SAT expressed that the percentage for the arts was just a way for local councils to get public art they would not have to pay for themselves, but that is a very narrow-minded opinion, as culture is extremely important.

Public art enhances the public realm significantly and the percentage for the arts has given local artists opportunities to create significant artwork for which they get commissioned and is an important source of income for them.

If public art should only be paid for by local ratepayers, small and financially struggling councils would never be able to put decent public art in the public realm, and that would mean communities and future generations would mis out on great contemporary creations.

The SAT opinion was expressed during a hearing about new asphalt plants in Hazelmere by BGC, and I do agree that industrial development should be exempt from the percentage for the arts scheme, but that it has to remain in place for commercial and residential development in our councils.

Art is the spice of life and should be accessible to all, not just a few rich councils that can afford to pay for it.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, children, city of fremantle, creative, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2018



Fremantle has got some hidden art that is not hidden at all, but most people don’t notice it because they are walking on it.

All along High Street in the historic West End are these small plaques in the footpath. They are ideal for an I Spy With My Eye discovery adventure for children, so let them search for them.

The little artworks have been there for years, so I can’t remember who the artist is and can’t give her/him the credit they deserve.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, heritage, Uncategorized by freoview on September 7, 2018



The mystery of how to remove the yellow art in Fremantle’s historic High Street appears to be a real science, for which one probably needs a university degree. More people arrived yesterday afternoon and were rubbing, pulling and scratching but the outcome was not promising.

One City of Fremantle officer said to a local cafe owner that she wished they had tested it before.

Fremantle Council increased the budget for the removal of the great and popular Felice Varini Arcs D’Ellipse artwork from just $ 15,000 to over $ 200,000 after it became apparent that the removal of the yellow foil would be an enormous headache, but some experts have indicated it could cost a lot more than that.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, fremantle festival, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 23, 2018


I could not attend last night’s Ordinary Council meeting of the City of Fremantle, but one item on the agenda is worth interesting noting here.

Among the many budget adjustments was one to increase the public art maintenance budget to $ 221,000 to provide for the removal of the High Street public art.

This money has to come from somewhere, so the increase in funding for the removal of the yellow Arcs D’Ellipse will come from Public Art $ 52,000, Festivals $ 28,000, Fremantle Arts Centre $ 25,000, Events $ 15,000 and net parking income from the Point Street carpark $ 81,000.

I understand one disgruntled High Street property owner lodged a writ this week for $ 50,000 for the removal of the yellow foil from their building, so that would be a quarter of the budgeted money gone just for the one building.

Time will tell when the public tender quotes come in if the $ 200,000 is anywhere near enough to remove, repair and repaint the affected buildings.

Roel Loopers


Posted in architecture, art, city of fremantle, culture, development, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on August 20, 2018


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The initiative by the City of Fremantle and other local councils to introduce a percentage for the arts scheme has been good for WA artists and the public, but it comes with the risk that the lifespan of some of the artworks will be relatively short if they are attached to buildings.

Take the great Rick Vermey art within the LIV apartment building at Queen Victoria Street. Nowadays buildings are considered to last for about 50 years before being replaced by more modern structures, e.g. the Queensgate and Myer buidings at Kings Square. If the LIV buildings get demolished in 50 years that would also be the end of the Vermey artwork and that would be a real shame and a loss for future generations.

The same applies to the Lorenna Grant artwork on top of the Quest Hotel in Pakenham Street and the round artwork on the building on the corner of Bannister and Pakenham streets by Tom Mueller.

The percentage for the arts scheme states that the requirement for a public art contribution can be waived by the City of Fremantle where the same value of artwork is incorporated in the development, clearly visible to the general public.

It worries me that many outstanding new artworks in Fremantle, created as percentage for the arts, will not be preserved because they are incorporated in a development and not free standing in the public realm. We have a duty to share our cultural riches with future generations!

Roel Loopers


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