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Coast Guard Sculpture at Cicerello's

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Published December 12th 2015
Fremantle sculpture given rejuvenation sensation
Coast Guard, sculpture, Greg James, Cicerello's, Fremantle, public art, Bon Scott
Greg James' Coast Guard statue outside Cicerello's after a major refurbishment.

It's amazing what you find in Fremantle, particularly down at Fishing Boat Harbour, across the Esplanade. What with craft breweries, restaurants, scenic views and the salty spritz in the air, chances are you may miss out in a few hidden gems unless some points them out to you.

Such is the case with the Coast Guard sculpture by Greg James, standing tall outside Cicerello's Fremantle. The sculpture has been rejuvenated with bright colours and given a new lease of life after problems with rust were fixed and new concrete footings were put in place.

Greg is a renowned Fremantle sculptor responsible for the nearby Bon Scott statue, among a plethora of others. Scotland-born Ronald Belford "Bon' Scott was raised in Fremantle where he learnt to play the drums with the Coastal Scottish Pipe Band before fronting the legendary AC/DC. Years after his death he is still embraced as a Fremantle boy and the statue was unveiled in 2008 in Bon Scott's honour.

Coast Guard, sculpture, Greg James, Cicerello's, Fremantle, public art, Bon Scott
Greg James' Bon Scott statue.

Greg's numerous public sculptures have become well-known landmarks throughout Fremantle and Perth and his collectable work is displayed throughout Australia and in galleries in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. While he specialises in bronze sculpture, he also works with materials such as stone, marble, wood, forton, aluminium and steel and produces paintings and drawings using acrylics, charcoal, pencil, pastel, oil and water colour.

But what of the Coast Guard sculpture? Greg originally created it for Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach in 2010 and Cottesloe in 2011. It's the signature piece of the so-called Pawn Project that explores how people perceive the chess pawn.

Coast Guard, sculpture, Greg James, Cicerello's, Fremantle, public art, Bon Scott
Details of the Coast Guard sculpture and the Pawn Project.

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."

Coast Guard, sculpture, Greg James, Cicerello's, Fremantle, public art, Bon Scott
The Coast Guard sculpture has been given a new lease of life with a rejuvenated colour scheme.

General wear and tear necessitated the revamp of the sculpture, which has been funded by Cicerello's. "Originally, it was a temporary arrangement to have the statue outside the restaurant but to make it permanent, it needed protection from the elements," Cicerello's owner Henry Liascos said.

"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."

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Why? Who wouldn't want to take a selfie with this fine yellow fellow?
Phone: 9335 1911
Where: Cicerello's, Fishing Boat Harbour, 44 Mews Road, Fremantle
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