It’s no secret that CODA loves Freo! Last weekend brought more reasons to continue the affair. On top of the opening of the much anticipated Youth Plaza was the opening of the City’s annual public art event in King’s Square.
The work of Fremantle artist Theo Koning has taken over the window of MANY 6160, whilst Paul Caporn has suspended a life-sized red excavator from its walls. But closest to CODA’s heart is The Hollow, which was designed and built by our administration assistant, Sarah Blangiardo and Ariane Palassis. Together Sarah and Ari are Feast Your Eyes, a creative duo who develop playful and interactive installations for events across Perth.
The Hollow is made up of 512 cardboard triangles that sit atop 2.5 metre high posts, and is designed as a shelter or meeting place to be enjoyed by the whole community. On Saturday, it became a stage for live performance whilst on Sunday it was the location for the Great Community Share. The Hollow is a thing of beauty and should be experienced before it’s dismantled on the 27th April.
* This morning we woke to discover that The Hollow had been set alight overnight. Whilst this act is terribly upsetting for the project’s creators, we hope that it doesn’t discourage them (or others) from continuing their work in the field of public art. It’s a form of practice that allows people to experience artworks without the constraints of an art gallery or museum. Cities and spaces flourish with public art and despite this morning’s setback, we believe it’s something of which our city needs more.