Two Worsts, One Stone

I have to say that I love council House now that it has been restored, but it does come up often in Worst of Perth suggestions. Like the East Perth Station, it seems to be a love it or hate it thing.

The shishkebab sculpture next to it may be less controversially dubbed worst. It was always an object of derision, probably deservedly so. It features a drill bit piercing the different types of minerals being mined in the state. The plaque lists the tons of resources. If it hadn’t been such an obvious mining promo, it might have been better liked. It was made by Paul Ritter, who was Perth’s first town planner in 1965.

council house

council house sculpture

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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10 Responses to Two Worsts, One Stone

  1. Cracky B! says:

    There’s so much potential here with this idea! I think why stop at one kebab stick?And why stop at rocks? Perhaps we need a mixed grill of the buggers side by side, say an ex dead footy ledgends stick, and an ex pollie stick, perhaps a dead Perth Cup winners stick as well!! A boulevard of kebab sticks up and down the Terrace!!


  2. lazyaussie says:

    Be careful what you wish for cracky. Remember The Art of The Poleable?


  3. flynn says:

    Like the building, the kebab’s OK but please remove the Worst of Anywhere Tree – those awful blob-on-a-pole palms.


  4. empirejess says:

    i quite like that council house- you don’t see stuff like that anymore (instead you get glass tetris pieces ala new perth stadium)

    the rock kebab sticks are just waiting for that giant thing with gravel teeth to descend from the heavens.


  5. Blandwagon says:

    From a Perth tourist brochure circa 2017:

    “Come to Perth! See the Convention Centre, the Belltower, and the world-famous Boulevard of Kebabs!”

    I heartily endorse this idea.


  6. CK says:

    Ahem, according to the Heritage Council of WA:

    “Council House, Perth designed in the Post-War International style, demonstrating a high quality of Modernist architectural design and detailing, commensurate with its image as Perth’s Civic Administrative Centre; it is the first building incorporating window walling to be erected in Perth; and it is associated with the British Empire and Commonwealth Games, epitomising the forward-looking aspirations of the Perth community at the beginning of the 1960s.”

    I don’t think the kebab is heritage listed.


  7. Leonard says:

    But, oh, did we get lucky with the kebab. The first proposal for it was for it to be about 100 metres (no, that is not a typo, 100 metres) tall near where the Entertainment Centre now is – and if there’s one thing in Perth uglier than the Entertainment Centre . . .

    I haven’t been inside the Entertainment Centre since the 1980s but does anyone else remember sitting in the hard plastic side seats that faced the centre of the building, facing away from the stage? You could get a crick in your neck while hearing a horribly overpriced international act with a really bad sound mix.


  8. Not for prophet says:

    Ah, the good old days!! You’d never get that variety on a single
    drilling now.


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  10. skribeforti says:

    The sculptor was disappointed that the kebab hadn’t become the cultural icon that he thought it would. They really must have been smoking some top shit back then.


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