Worst of Perth Walking Tour 3 & 4

Today we finish Cimbali’s fantastic walking tour, taking in Kalamunda’s public art good taste genocide. I contacted the Kalamunda council, and they said they were “Only following orders” when these structures were erected, and that if they hadn’t put them up, “someone else would have”. Psychologists claim that we could all be capable of such crimes in the wrong circumstances. Cimbali says…

“And then we come to the Palm Tree. A prominent feature outside the library for many years this extraordinary example of public art is now incarcerated behind barbed wire. Unfortunately the plaque was not visible from the other side of the fence so you can’t get a real sense of it’s provenance but it had something to do with children and the seventies.”


palm tree

Santa Madonna! Keep that mother locked up! -ed.

And still they come…

“And last in the tour is this monstrosity, also displayed outside the library since at least the early seventies. Obviously it has resisted being moved so the shire has tried to hide it behind a bush.
There was no plaque, simply a name which proclaimed it to have been made by the same artist responsible for the Person in the Pond. Sadly unlike his enduring works, he is no longer with us.”

white thing

Thanks Cimbali. Great stuff. I remember old whitey here. I always thought it was for breeding mosquitos.

This fabulous walking tour will only take you 10 minutes, although it will probably take a year off your life.

see W.O.P walking tour 1 and 2



About AHC McDonald

Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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9 Responses to Worst of Perth Walking Tour 3 & 4

  1. meccano says:

    “The Palm Tree”. The imprint of childrens hands on the green concrete blades is very reminiscent of a piece by Marcus Harvey who used a childs handprint to create a large portrait of killer Myra Hindley – this however is much more terrifying.
    Way before its time, if it ever had one.


  2. lazyaussie says:

    Must get into the compound and see the plaque to see who is responsible.


  3. Meccano says:

    They will feel the sting of the lash across their shoulders! Be careful L.A there is a reason it is behind barbed wire.


  4. meccano says:

    I believe the second piece is called “three drunks about to vomit”


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  6. Natalie says:

    The only thing the writer of this website has ever made is a bad opinion! It would be too hard to actually create something that means something…


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