other art in the historic heart
There is a diverse range of public art to enjoy in the Historic Heart – from Marcus Canning’s striking Ascalon at Cathedral Square to the beautiful large scale mural by Rone at Hibernian Place. Take the time to roam the streets of Perth's east end. The art of the Historic Heart is waiting to be discovered.
Our Art Walk is now available on our Historic Heart of Perth App - free to download from the App Store or Google Play.
The Art Walk on our App is interactive, but you can also explore Historic Heart’s art with the help of our website. Details below and on the ART WALK 1 page of our website.
Hibernian Place Muse (2018)
480 Hay Street, Perth
Renowned street artist Rone has painted a women’s face on a wall within Hibernian Place - a new precinct in the Historic Heart which is now home to the Westin Hotel, and a range of bars, cafes and restaurants.
Geelong-born Rone is internationally renowned for his larger-than-life female muse paintings, often on a raw concrete canvas. He has painted throughout the US, Europe and Asia. “I am very happy with the end result,” Rone, 37, said. “The challenge for me as an artist is to create something beautiful from a raw, unfinished surface. I hope that’s what I achieved.”
Mural artworks in Pier Street Laneway (2018)
Artist Drew Straker 'the Muralist'
Pier Street laneway
One of 3 new artworks in the Pier Street laneway by Perth artist Drew Straker.
Straker's unique murals appear to light up streets like neon signs, but are actually 2D and created using only spray paint and a ‘neon glow’ technique (of white lines under a transparent colour).
For further details on the artist see Muralist's Instagram page
Mural Artwork 1 (2017)
Artist Helen Smith
Pier Street, Perth
A non-referential geometric abstraction, Helen often explores bold conjunctions of colour and shape to enliven surfaces. The brilliant use of hot pink, brown, yellow and acqua in circular motifs creates a bold interplay with the square web of Jeremy Kirwan-Ward's work on the opposing walls on Pier Street.
For further details on the artist visit Helen Smith's website
Mural Artworks 2 & 3 (2017)
Artist Jeremy Kirwan-Ward
Pier Street, Perth
Jeremy has created an interwoven grid pattern which stems from the built environment in which these artworks are located, where there is a conjunction of facades and an opening to a laneway. The work is in keeping with Jeremy's longstanding interest in geometric and dimensional illusions and play on perception.
For further details on the artist visit Jeremy Kirwan-Ward's website
Kangaroos on the Terrace (1997)
Artists Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith
Cnr Barrack Street and St George’s Terrace, Perth
These seven bronze statues of life sized kangaroos are said to represent a mob of kangaroos who have been lazily feeding, but are then startled by the traffic and are about to take off and bounce away down the terrace.
This public artwork gives visitors a reason to pause, to consider the contrasting busyness of the city and the peacefulness of the Stirling Gardens, and how we like the kangaroos are caught in between.
Artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri
1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Ascalon, the striking, billowing white sculpture that stands before St George’s Cathedral is an abstract interpretation of the legend of St George and the dragon. The sculpture depicts the triumph of good over evil, with the sculpture’s angled pole and white billow representing St George’s lance, cloak and steed, and its black base reminiscent of the defeated body of the dragon.
The name of the sculpture is taken from the name of St George’s lance in medieval romances – itself a derision of the city of Ashkelon in Israel – the sculpture is a fittingly commanding statement at the forecourt of the cathedral.
Visit the St Georges Cathedral website to find out more.
1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth
Point Zero is the marker from which all distances to and from Perth are measured, and represents the centre point and civic heart of the city. Situated on the south-east corner of the Old Treasury building on the corner of Cathedral Avenue and St Georges Terrace, the marker was chosen during the building’s life as the state’s first post office. An understated plaque marking the adoption was laid in 1975.
Dirty Deeds (2015)
Artists Marcus Canning and Tom Mùller
Petition Kitchen, Cathedral Square, Perth
This artwork illustrates where the two holding cells for the Police Court used to stand and the kind of people who spent time there. ‘A miserable little box,’ was how the cells were described by one commentator in the press at the time, ‘shocked at the smallness and want of ventilation and light’ by another. The footprint of the original cells can now be seen etched into the granite outside the restaurant, including the tiny windows and entry doors to the cells.
A perusal of the forty misdemeanours described in the artwork provides a colourful snapshot of the early days of the colony and developing city where a populace made up of convict and post-convict labour alongside abundant supplies of ‘sly-grog’ influenced much of the street behaviours of the day.
Visit the Cathedral Square website to find out more about this artwork.
Captain James Stirling (1979)
Artist Clement P Somers
City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street Hay Street
This statue of Captain James Stirling was created in 1979 to celebrate Western Australia's 150th anniversary.
Sir James Stirling (28 January 1791 – 22 April 1865) was a British naval officer and colonial administrator. His enthusiasm and persistence persuaded the British Government to establish the Swan River Colony and he became the first Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Western Australia.
The Strike (1991)
Artist Greg James
Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street, East Perth
This sculpture depicts Arthur Bayley and William Ford, the two gold prospectors whose discovery 120 years ago at Fly Flat, Coolgardie, triggered the greatest gold rush in Western Australian history.
Photographs by Dion Robeson.