Inaugural Art in Place Installation Announced

16 April 2018

The City of Melville will be hosting its first Art in Place Installation.

The City of Melville is pleased to announce that Perth-based artists VJzoo (Kat Black and Jasper Black) have been awarded the commission for the City’s first ART IN PLACE installation.

ART IN PLACE is the City of Melville’s new series of temporary public artworks that aim to engage the community by giving residents and visitors unique opportunities to experience and encounter high quality contemporary art in significant and accessible locations across the City.

It was developed in response to a review of the City of Melville’s Sculpture Walk which recommended a revision of the outdoor temporary sculpture format to one that favoured the direct commissioning of ephemeral public art projects and installations.

The first installation, called Confluence, will be a projection-based night time installation on the body of water where the Swan (Derbarl Yerrigan) and Canning (Djarlgarro Beeliar) rivers meet. Moving images will be projected onto a fleet of boats in the area, both moored and sailing.

The title Confluence refers to both the joining of the Canning and Swan rivers as well as the joining of First Nation and Western cultures in the designs of the images and videos. The designs will be adapted from paintings done by illustrator and artist Kambarni (Kamsani Bin Salleh) who is descended from the Nimunburr and Yawuru people of the Kimberley and the Ballardong Noongar people of the Perth.

Drawing together elements of light and water, this spectacular display will highlight the historical and contemporary significance of the Canning confluence, promising an unforgettable night-time experience for all ages.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said temporary public art installations, like Confluence, were an important part of the City’s Public Art Strategy and Masterplan, creating new experiences and encounters for the community to discover.

“We recognise the positive impact public art has on community life and the vitality of public spaces. It has the capacity to showcase unique network of places and neighbourhoods, highlight the heritage and diversity of community narratives and encourage residents and visitors to discover and connect with the City,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“By extension we also recognise the unique potential of temporary and ephemeral forms of art to weave into the fabric of a city, rapidly responding to changing sites, creating new experiences and encounters with community and within place.

“ART IN PLACE’s temporary nature means that our residents and visitors can experience new, significant artworks on a regular basis, in places that they frequently visit as part of their day-to-day-lives, starting with Confluence in June.”

Confluence will take place nightly along the Canning Beach foreshore from Thursday, 21 June to Sunday, 24 June 2018. Full details will be announced by the City in coming weeks. 

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