Public art in Perth is entering a new and exciting phase of growth and activity. The City of Perth recently adopted a Public Art Strategy, and a large number of new public artworks are being delivered in new developments across the City.
Public Art Strategy
The City of Perth Public Art Strategy outlines the City's approach to public art in the lead up to Perth's bicentenary in 2029.
This strategy aims to inform the development of public art for the City of Perth, to ensure it "is recognised internationally as a city on the move and for its liveability, talented poeple, and centres of excellence and business opportunities."
The City of Perth seeks to provide works of public art that deliver memorable experiences and draw visitors and tourists into the city.
Public art is also a key amenity for the people who choose to live and work in the city.
Click on the links to view PDF's of the Public Art Strategy and Appendices.
The City of Perth regularly commissions Public Art in civic squares, streetscapes, parks and some unexpected places, recognizing that the successful integration of site-specific art enhances the enjoyment of the city experience.
By investing in the City's Public Art Collection, as well as commissioning temporary, ephemeral works, the City is a leader in the development of a rich cultural landscape, helping to create vibrant and active public spaces - essential for a safe and stimulating environment.
The City of Perth Public Art Collection has over 100 works of art distributed throughout the city's precincts (West Perth, East Perth, Northbridge and the CBD). The City continues to commission public works of art and facilitate significant private art projects within the boundaries of Western Australia's capital city, showing leadership and vision in its choices.
Our significant collection of major historic and contemporary public art works includes permanent and temporary installations; works in outdoor private and public spaces, on or within the fabric of buildings or in public foyers; traditional media (e.g. stone, bronze, wood, steel, ceramic), new media (e.g. light basedd, electronic and digital works), and environmental works (e.g. earthworks, landscape art); and functional works (eg. benches and fountains).
These commissioned works stimulate our thinking, deepen our sense of place and experience of space, and transform the places where we live, work, and play.
Request a comprehensive list of our public artworks here; see below for details of our latest commissioned works; and view highlights of our Public Art Collection in the pdf of our Perth City Arts & Culture guide below. You can view information and photographs of the City’s Public Art online by clicking here.
THE BUNNIES by Kat Black and Jasper Cook ( VJZoo)
The Percent for Art Public Art commission for the Key City Worker Housing Project at 111 Goderich Street, East Perth was won by Kat Black and Jasper Cook, known also as VJZoo. The Bunnies are Kat's and Jasper's first major sculptural public artwork.
The 2.5m Polyethylene bunnies have been installed in the four external alcoves of the building above each entrance. These sculptural works are internally lit with low voltage LED lights and reference the 1980s children's Netta night lights. A soft glow from each of the four bunnies signals the way home and welcomes residents to their door.
THE WATER LABYRINTH by Jeppe Hein
Completed in 2012, the Water Labyrinth is the first permanent Jeppe Hein artwork in Australia, commissioned from the Danish artist exclusively for Perth and the Forrest Place site. This interactive water installation is an aquatic pavilion comprising nine rooms that appear and disappear at random, surrounding visitors with walls of water emitted by ground water jets. The artwork uses storm water harvested and recycled from Forrest Place, chlorinated to swimming pool standards and tested daily.
Based in Berlin, Hein is widely known for his production of interactive and participatory artworks that bring together visual art, architecture and technical innovation. Hein's works often focus on the element of surprise and sequencing, inviting the spectator at the centre of the installation to make decisions or be lead by chance, often leading to widespread hilarity and good humour.
The suggestion for Perth to commission a permanent public artwork by Jeppe Hein arose from the success of a similar temporary installation titled Appearing Rooms, part of the 2010 Perth International Arts Festival, in the Perth Cultural Centre outside the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.
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