About 30 years ago I started making a chess set out of bronze and aluminium, which never really went anywhere, but every so often I'd find one of the pieces," Greg said. "At one point I had the notion of what the pawn means beyond the chess set because it's the one of least value, on the frontline, yet can be so many things.
"The pawn's activities are primarily for the benefit of another person or entity and Coast Guard is a nod to those who do jobs that benefit us all. The sculpture is an invitation to look at where we are in the scheme of things, which isn't necessarily what we first think."
Coast Guard was built from steel and originally an ochre colour but is now resplendent in yellow and blue. Some might think it an odd choice, given they're the colours of the West Coast Eagles and the sculpture's location is in definite Fremantle Dockers territory. But the new paint job has nothing to do with football. "They are simply the colours of the Australian coast guard," Greg said. "Football doesn't come into it."
"It brightens up the area and people coming into Cicerello's often take photos with it, finding it to be a talking point. The statue gives both Cicerello's and the surrounding Fishing Boat Harbour area a real vibrancy and energy."