Two large sculptures reflecting the area’s links to past shipwrecks have been installed at roundabouts on Marmion Avenue at Alkimos.
Located at the intersections of Marmion Avenue with Romeo and Pipidinny roads the sculptures were provided as part of the combined commitment of the first five developers of Alkimos-Eglinton.
Created by North Fremantle artists Anne Neil and Adrian Jones with assistance from art consultant Andra Kins, the sculptures represent the wrecks of two ships that foundered off the nearby coast more than a century apart.
The southernmost piece is reminiscent of the bow of a sinking ship. It represents the Alkimos, originally a United States Liberty ship that after a chequered history was driven onto rocks in 1964. And from some angles it also appears as a large “A” – for Alkimos.
The Alkimos sculpture is 17 metres long, 10 metres wide and rises to 5 metres at its highest point.
The second large piece was inspired by the wooden hulled barque the Eglinton that struck a nearby reef in 1852 while en route from London to Fremantle carrying settlers to the Swan River Colony.
It is a large-scale abstract that can be interpreted in a number of ways. Made up of five segments, its shape alludes to parts of a wooden ship. As well, it can be a reflection on some of the artefacts such as bowls and plates that were recovered from the Eglinton’s wreck site in 1972. These are now part of the collection at the Fremantle Maritime Museum.
Anne Neill said preliminary concept development began late in 2008 with the commission being confirmed in March 2009.
“The large sculptures are fabricated by GT Steel at Henderson from 28 sheets of weather resistant WR350 grade steel with each six-millimetre gauge sheet being nine metres long and 1.2 metres wide,” she said.
“The wonderful thing about this steel is it requires little or no ongoing maintenance and will weather to have a rich earthy brown patina.”
Alkimos-Eglinton developers, Delfin Lend Lease, Eglinton Estates, LandCorp, Peet and Stockland all contributed to the development of both art pieces.
LandCorp general manager metropolitan Luke Willcock said public art helps define a community and in this rapidly growing area; it will be a constant reminder of some important links to its history.
“The fact that all developers have contributed to this project reflects their spirit of collective commitment to building an exciting new community that will ultimately provide land and homes for a new community of approximately 50,000 people,” Mr Willcock said.
Alkimos will include a substantial regional town centre; a coastal village; a regional beach; and significant areas of regional open space. Eglinton will feature a district shopping centre with future train station, three primary schools and a vibrant coastal marina.
Located 40 kilometres north of Perth’s CBD, the Alkimos Eglinton area will provide about 40 per cent of the land required for Perth’s North-West Corridor over the next 20-25 years.