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Perth's Best Public Sculptures #2

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by Tom (subscribe)
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Published August 10th 2012
Wierd and Wacky Perth Sculptures
For those of you have have a keen eye, those of you that do notice your surrounds, you'll all know that Perth literally has hundreds of public sculptures lying around the place - way too many to fit in just one review! So here's part two of my favourite sculptures around Perth.

Tree in the Sky, Applecross
It seems the affluent suburb of Applecross - Perths richest suburb per capita - just isn't contempt with 'normal', so much so that they don't even plant their trees in the ground, they plant them in the sky!
Raffles, Hotel, Applecross, Canning, River, Bridge, Highway
A tree in the sky is sure to catch your eye!

Yes, this quirky sculpture is just off the west side of Canning bridge, in front of the Raffles Hotel. It sits quietly by the meeting point of the Swan and the Canning, outside the up market watering hole with its old-school Crown Lager signage. It lights up at night time too, how many trees around Perth can pull that party trick?

The Cactus - Forrest Place
It seems absolutely everything Mr. Barnett approves divides the city these days, and this is a prime example. The $1 million tax-payer funded artwork has drawn a lot of criticism, not for its looks either, which are quite fantastic to be honest
Cactus, Perth, Forrest, Place, City, Sculpture, Artwork
Pride of place outside the Perth Train Station

It is meant to represent a living organism which is fair enough. The thing that has drawn the most criticism is the fact that it is also supposedly a representation of regional WA - I can't say I've seen to many cacti around our rural areas to be honest. Maybe this would be more suited to outback USA.

Fountain Pens - Supreme Court Gardens
This sculpture makes perfect sense, it's one of the few sculptures in Perth that I can say I know exactly why they put these here. Fancy Pens and law go hand in hand, right?
Fountain, Pen, Ink, Supreme, Court, Gardens, Sculpture, Art
Pens made for large people

The pens sit at the western entrance to the Supreme Court Gardens, at the intersection of Barrack st and the Esplanade.
Gumnut Fountain - Kalamunda
Kalamunda has a lot of pretty interesting sculptures lying around it's streets. I also love sculptures on round-a-bouts, they're very distracting, and as far as round-a-bout sculptures go this one takes the cake.
Gumnut, Fountain, Kalamunda, Perth, Hills
It's even cooler at night!

Sitting at the entrance to Kalamunda the Gumnut fountain is a token to the iconic Australian tree, which is rather abundant around the area. It looks pretty cool during the daytime, and even better when it lights up at night.
Crooked uprights - Claisebrook
This is another one that I'm not quite sure what it's meant to represent, but it's on a round-a-bout, and it's rather nice to look at.
Claisebrook, Cove, Sculpture, Roundabout
Maybe the NFL rejected these ones?

It sits at the entrance to Claisebrook Cove - a very nice and affluent area situated on an inlet from the Swan River. The sculpture itself looks like NFL uprights gone horribly wrong - which of course makes for fantastic artwork!
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Where: Claisebrook, Kalamunda, Applecross, Perth
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The Claisebrook one is a real-life optical illusion. At the correct viewpoint, it's a perfect triangle.
by arwen (score: 0|4) 2674 days ago
That last one is one of thoae things that can't be made----
by dmulb (score: 1|32) 2543 days ago
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