In April 2019, our second ART IN PLACE commission, SONIC HILL, presented the rich and diverse history of Wireless Hill broadcasted through a striking site-specific audio sculpture, shaped like a telecommunications tower.
Wireless Hill has been a place of communication for thousands of years, previously by the Bibbulmun people as a look out and place to send smoke signals, and after as the site of the Applecross Wireless Station from 1912 to 1968.
The Applecross Wireless Station was one of Australia’s first links with radio technology, and was used for telecommunications during World War One and World War Two. Using morse code, the station communicated with ships off the Australian coast using a mast that was 112 metres tall.
This sculpture, by Agency 296, Tom Mùller and Ned Beckley, broadcasted a soundscape that explored this rich history, with a LED light within the scuplture changing in sync with the audio.
It was a nodding tribute to the past and present towers that surround it and the communication lines that have grown and developed from the site, both indigenous and technical innovations from hunting and gathering to morse code and mobile technology.
SONIC HILL brought us together, placing a spotlight on the continued importance of communication throughout our shared histories as a way to connect our communities.
About the artists
Agency 296 is an art and design bureau with a practice that combines a broad range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, public art, design, and architecture.
Tom Mùller is a multi-disciplined visual artist. Mùller has exhibited extensively, both nationally and internationally. He is a big picture artist whose practice combines public art, temporal installations and spatial interventions.
Ned Beckley is an artist with a multi-faceted practice in which sound is the key material of communication and investigation. He has a diverse body of work that spans electronic performance and recordings, soundtracks and sound design for film and TV, installation, dance and various multimedia frameworks.
Modelling and Fabrication: Shaun Banner (OCKHM)
Engineering: Eric le Meur (Wood & Grieve Engineers)
Programming: Steve Berrick (Ololo)
Friday, 12 April from 6.00pm.
There is parking located at Wireless Hill, as well as ample parking at the City of Melville Civic Centre as well as Garden City Shopping Centre, which is a short 10 minute walk away.
Garden City Shopping Centre is a short 10 minute walk away and is well-serviced by bus with Booragoon Bus Station located at the shopping centre. Visit the Transperth website and use their Journey Planner to plan your journey to and from the SONIC HILL.
Walk or ride
If you live nearby, why not walk or ride your bike to Wireless Hill? Plan your ride with the TravelSmart map.
This event is accessible by wheelchair. The terrain is easy to manoeuvre with paved areas and gently sloping grass.
SONIC HILL will take place in rain, hail or shine so remember to bring your rain jackets and umbrellas if it looks like rain.
Event photographers and videographers will be there to capture SONIC HILL on opening night. Our photographers will be clearly identifiable. If you do not want your picture or video taken please let them know directly.
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