Sunday, April 13, 2014

Street art transforms Perth - Part 1

Today (Sunday) I went into the city to check out the FORM Public art festival, which started on the 5th April and runs until today.
This is the first time this type of street art festival is held in Perth, and it included talks, music shows and food tents.

Building walls up to 10 storey high and some laneways in the CBD and in Northbridge were enlivened with "graffiti art" done by more than 40 national and international street artists like the renowned ROA (Belgium), Phlegm(UK), Stormie Mills  (Australia), Gaia (USA), Pixel Pancho (Italy), Jaz (Argentina), Kyle Hughes-Odgers  (Australia), Vans the Omega (Australia), etc.

These murals will hopefully last for a while making our city more vibrant and energetic!

As I came up the escalators of the Perth Underground Station onto Murray Street I was greeted by a male chorus - Vocal Evolution. I stayed for a while listening to their melodic songs. Wonderful stuff, makes you feel good!

Around the corner in Forrest Chase Square a Butcher's competition was being held, with free meat tasting (cooked, not raw).

Meat tastings to vote for Best Butcher and donations to "Lifeline"
Superman made an appearance at this stall, not very visible but behind him there was a "green lady"

Well, it was time to walk around and see the Street Art!
Around the corner from the Underground train Station in William Street, I spotted the first artworks in Globe Lane, that links to Forrest Chase behind the station.

Globe Lane - 10 x 10mt work by Kyle Hughes-Odgers in 140 William st building
 Globe Lane - Phibbs - painted in Oct 2013 in 140 William St building.


Anya Brock

Lucas Grogan

Maya Hayuk

The artist finishing her mural

Some of the artworks at the end of Wolf Lane

This "Wolf" on the corner of Wolf Lane Bar, was actually painted by Perth artist Hurben in July 2012.

In the next post there will be more photos from this street art exhibition.
I have read that street art, although a form of "graffiti" actually protects the walls from vandalism from "ugly graffiti".

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday! Once again we had a beautiful day with a high of 33C, a wonderful Autumn day! The forecast for the rest of the week is in the high 20's, reaching 31C again next Friday.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sculpture by the Sea 2014 - Part 2

Continuing our tour of the Sculptures at Cottesloe Beach, here are a few more photos, of some of the sculptures that I enjoyed seeing.

This next one called "Wave 1", by a WA artist, Annette Thas,  looked a bit like a soccer goal covered in thousands of Barbie dolls!    Yes, dolls,  I had to get up close to figure out what it was! A bit creepy I suppose but it won the People's Choice Prize of $2500, so it was a popular one. It also won the Kid's choice prize of course!

Another very popular exhibit and one of my favourites, was "Permanent Sunset" by Argentinian artist, Alejandro Propato. Made with yellow, orange and red nylon wire strung onto pipes, it was dedicated to the beautiful sunsets at Cottesloe Beach.

This was another of my favourites - also by a WA artist - Helen Seiver, called "Rescheduling Permanence" it was built out of wooden sticks and crocheted plastic bags, representing the impact of plastic bags on our oceans.
I had seen plastic bags being re-used but not this artistically, the flowers looked quite beautiful actually! 
Maybe an idea for a kid's cubby house in the garden? What do you think?

Details of plastic bag flowers
"Fetch" - a few mirrored dogs, by Melbourne duo The Winged Collective, was cute, 
I just thought that they were almost invisible in the sand, they might have been more visually attractive if they were on the grass, where the reflection could be seen.

Another  exhibit by a WA artist, Stella Onderwater - "Shelter 2" was made up of towels with names of famous Australian beaches.

Hope you enjoyed the sculpture show and I leave you with some shots of Cottesloe beach with lots of sculptures scattered all over the sand and grass.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sculpture by the Sea 2014 - Part 1

The 10th Annual "Sculpture by the Sea" exhibition was held at Cottesloe Beach, Perth, from the 7th to the 24th March this year with an estimated 220,000 visitors flocking to the beach.
Over seventy artists from 12 countries participated, transforming the beach into a stunning sculpture park. This year the exhibition featured 74 sculptures made with the most diverse  materials. 
This creative display of public art and talent is one of Western Australia's most popular and free events of the year.

Japanese sculptur Hiroyuki Kita won $50000 for best sculpture - "Like a flower swaying in the wind". 
The prize which was offered by Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting Group (Gina being the richest person in Australia, a Western Australian mining heiress), is Australia's top sculpture award.
This bright sculpture will now be displayed at the offices of the Roy Hill iron mining project, which have recently been built near Perth's Airport.
Like a flower in the swaying wind - by Hiroyuki Kita
When I saw this next sculpture entitled "Chicken Cafreal" I thought it might be from a Portuguese sculptor, as it looks very much like our "Galo de Barcelos" except in black instead of the usual colourful rooster, but the sculptor was actually a Goa based artist Subodh Kerkar, and it was inspired by a popular chicken dish invented when the Portuguese ruled those parts of the globe, so I wasn't too far off...
Galo de Barcelos (Barcelos rooster)
Chicken Cafreal - by Subodh Kerkar

This one came from Portugal though - "Plastic World" represents a world made with plastic rubbish found in the oceans, and is the work of Carole Purnelle and Nuno Maia.

This lovely bronze sculpture by Iraqui born,  WA resident Ayad Alqaragholli is called "Embrance".

Western Australian artist Richie Kuhaupt made this pallet and Nolfolk Pine sculpture to bring awareness to the envirnoment.

These 5 mountains of rubbish were created with 80,000 milk bottle lids and 185,000 cable ties, is called "Over Consumption" and was the work of WA artist Kerrie Argent, and she won the WA Sculptor Scholarship prize of $5000. 

Details of bottle caps from previous photo

This bamboo creation called "Ocean Cathedral" was by English artist Debbie Harding.

Whale shark, created by Olivia Samec and James Moe from WA, was made with hundreds of empty bottles filled with water and blue dye.

 This bright yellow metal sculpture entitled "Tusk" is by John Clement from the USA

Another bright one are these 3 "Pillows" from Brazilian Geraldo Zamproni.

"Bulk Carrier" wine cask (boxed wine) by WA artist Norton Flavel was for sure one of the most popular and most photographed sculpture. This type of bag was actually an Australian invention, and this 4mt square inflatable made with PVC and epoxy resin surely dominated the beach.

"Solar Jayne" by WA artist Geoffrey Drake-Brokman is based on a body mould of WA ballet dancer Jayne Smeulders, with solar panels that allowed the sculpture to rotate. Here the artist was fixing something. In the background you can see the "Indiana Tea house".

A view of Cottesloe Beach with some of the sculptures

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Harmony Day in Australia - 21 March

Harmony Day is celebrated in Australia on the 21st March, and signifies a day of cultural respect for the traditional owners - the Aboriginal people, and all the people that came from the many countries around the world. 

All these different backgrounds, languages, cultures enrich Australia and make it a special country! I recently heard on the radio that in Australia there are 300 languages being spoken, and Harmony Day is a way of celebrating this multiculturalism!

This day has been celebrated around the country for 15 years, from school activities to free council events, festivals and outdoor concerts.

I had never participated in one of these events, even though I had seen them announced previously (I have been here 7 years now) so this year I went to the event being promoted by my City Council, being held on Saturday 22nd.

I wasn't present for the whole show that started at 5pm and ended at 9pm, I only got there at around 7pm, but I enjoyed what I saw.

Who knows next year I could participate by selling Portuguese food in one of the tents! 

The food tents
People sitting on the grass watching the dancing
The Harmony Day show was held in the Amphitheatre behind the council where a stage had been erected to show off folklore dancing of various countries, and the grassed area was surrounded by dozens of tents selling food from Asia, Europe and South America.

A group from the Cook Islands

Ukranian Cossak dancers

The Korean Martial arts group

The Maori Haka Dancing group from New Zealand
The men from the Haka Dancing group from New Zealand delivered an impressive show

Ugandan Drumming Group and dancers

From what I saw, the Maori Haka group was the crowd's favourite and they had won first prize in a Haka competition in Sydney. You can see a video performance here.

Did you attend a performance in your area? If you do not live in Australia, do you have festivals in your country where multiculturalism is celebrated?


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