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Sculpture Art in Perth

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by Katie Snowdon (subscribe)
A freelance writer new to Perth. Katie has written articles about her hometown in the UK for five years and is keen to see how Perth compares
Published August 25th 2012
Following my previous article about Urban Art in Perth, I have started to open my eyes to just how 'artsy' the city is. Aside from its galleries and colourfully graffitied walls, Perth is home to an array of different types and styles of sculptures; from modern art and textured dogs and intricate replicas of celebrities (I have AC/DC's Bon Scott in mind) and historical persons.

In Northbridge's 'cultural centre' is the place to see more abstract sculptures, including the library and museum's sculptures that have wise and meaningful quotes as well as the black and white structure in front of the Piazza.

Fremantle is the place to see statues of people, especially around the docks. There are fishermen working with nets, Bon Scott singing from atop an amplifier, a business and his dog outside the E-Shed Markets and the slightly more unusual metal dog.

Seemingly, the most eye-catching of all the sculptures I've come across in Perth is of course the Forrest Chase cactus designed by Perth artist James Angus and erected after winning an international art contest. Although for me there is a rival on St George's Terrace in the CBD outside the St George's Cathedral – between the banker's progression pieces and the proud figures over-looking the Supreme Court Gardens - a beautiful flowing…thing (I'm sure it's identifiable as something).

I could type all day about the many sculptures that I have come across not only in the city centre and the larger surburbs such as Fremantle, but also throughout the smaller surburbs and in places you wouldn't expect to find them. From kangaroos to kites, there's a sculpture in Perth to commemorate... well everything.

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