Bold new artwork for Lathlain Place

April 29, 2015

A bold new piece of public art from Sydney artist Damien Butler will be unveiled as part of the Town of Victoria Park’s Light Up Lathlain celebration on Saturday, 9 May.  

Light up Lathlain is a street party and children’s festival rolled into one with free activities, games, crafts and entertainment. The event will be celebrating the launch of the new and improved Lathlain Place, the upgrade of which makes up Zone Four in the Town’s Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project.

The public artwork for Lathlain Place was commissioned by nominated members of the Arts Working Group and the Lathlain Place Revitalisation Group working with the Town of Victoria Park.

An Australia-wide Expression of Interest was sent out, inviting artists to consider the Town’s site-specific artwork brief. After submissions were received, three artists were invited to develop concepts to present to the Town’s panel. 

Damien Butler won the contract with a strong concept that is an extension of his studio practice.

“Butler’s interactive yet ethereal artwork plays with the idea of movement, utilising the idea of a ball’s trajectory through space,” said Helen Mathie, Creative Arts Officer at The Town.

“Although not a direct reference to the footballing history of Lathlain Place, the artwork’s playful metaphor combining the passing of time with the delicate flight of a red ball, won the panels’ vote.”

When viewed in the daytime the artwork presents as a series of suspended works above the redesigned median strip. Each red sphere will cast a gentle distorted reflection across the flow of the foot traffic below. These reflections will change during the course of the day, and with the change of seasons.

At night, the work will be subtly lit from six poles embedded into the design and this passive, shrouded lighting will add ambience to the new hub.

Other features of the improved Lathlain Place include pedestrian priority one-way traffic, new lighting, multi-functional outdoor furniture, natural environmental elements and the funkiest bus shelter in Perth.

The Lathlain Precinct Redevelopment Project’s eight zones include the development of community, sporting, recreation and leisure facilities for year round use, an upgrade to Perth Football Club facilities and the West Coast Eagles’ relocation to Lathlain Park. There will be improved streetscapes, parklands and community infrastructure enhancements, as well as a new building for the local infant health, playgroup and toy library, delivering substantial community benefits to the people of Victoria Park and the broader community.