ARTISTS are being invited to submit expressions of interest for a $4 million public art program as part of the $440 million Elizabeth Square project in Perth, with up to 10 public art pieces to be commissioned to improve the public realm.
WA Planning and Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the artwork is expected capture the history of the area, enrich the public spaces and engage visitors for years to come, with a $1.3 million piece at the top of the inlet to be the entry statement from the city to the quay.
"Art brings an exciting and interesting element to a new public space and this public art program presents some unique opportunities for talented artists to be part of this extraordinary project," Mr Day said.
There will also be a piece of art at Barrack Street Jetty that reinterprets the school signatures from the Bell Tower, a collection of 2D and 3D Aboriginal artworks and a sculpture of Bessie Rischbieth, a leading social figure whose civil action in the 1960s symbolises shifting attitudes to recognising the natural attributes of the Swan River.
The Minister also announced that WA-based joint venture, Decmil Group Limited, Structural Systems and Hawkins Civil, had been selected for a $20 million contract to construct the 110 metre-long pedestrian bridge with Australian fabricated steel.
"Spanning the width of the new inlet, the bridge will be a piece of art in itself with elegant double arches, steel balustrading and lights. It will be a distinctive architectural feature for Perth's skyline," he said.
"This contract is another example of how the construction of Elizabeth Quay is of benefit to the economy and creating local employment opportunities. To date more than 140 small to medium companies have received work due to this project and it is expected to create more than 1,600 direct and indirect jobs during construction over the next five to 10 years.
"Local company Clinton Long Project Management has also been selected to reconstruct the Florence Hummerston Kiosk on the new island this year," the Minister said.
The Elizabeth Quay project aims to reconnect the Swan River with the CBD through the mixed-use redevelopment of 10 hectares of riverfront land between Barrack and William streets. The State Government is spending $440 million on the construction of the inlet, roads and services, public domain and the creation of development sites, with all public works due for completion by mid-2015.
It is anticipated that the Elizabeth Quay project will attract more than $2 billion of private sector investment and feature around 800 apartments, 400 hotel rooms, 200,000 square metres of commercial space and 25,000 square metres of retail space.
More information is available from the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority's Elizabeth Quay website at <http://www.elizabethquay.wa.gov.au/>.