This sick city…

Some people have said they like these territory markers for The City of South Perth. I call worst, although it was a brave attempt at dolphins, the graphic motif that’s almost impossible to do well. I would have preferred something that said “City of Canning, get stuffed.”


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35 Responses to This sick city…

  1. Vic Demised says:

    I like the dolphins. Even the swan. Let’s hope the designs were genuinely by an indigenous person. But they could have done something to hide the brutalist concrete plinths and those exposed anchor-bolts. Overall, I ditto your “worst” assessment.


  2. cimbali says:

    Vic is right – a barrow full of brickies sand could have covered the bases, but I really like them. Nothing says South Perth to me like Boab trees and wild life.


  3. Lazy Aussie says:

    If that was the Canning River, then those would have been floating turds under the swan.


  4. David Cohen says:

    Come on Vic and cimbali: fish on a tree? An x-rayed swan? What’s the squiggly thing on top of the first one?

    Perhaps they’re zoo motifs?


  5. The swan’s not too bad.


  6. stu says:

    Boab Tree? But didn’t the Boab tree find a resting place in Kings Park? How dare this “southern” council take ownership of “our” Boab

    I like many others am a fan of the wild dolphin, as to why it should be a symbol of South Perth I’m not sure though, unless it’s all been a lie and Monkey Mia sits just of the Coode st Jetty?

    Methinks the city of South Perth is suffering an identity crisis, what next a 1 – 10 scale model of HMAS Perth scuttled next to the narrows, Albany will be pissed.


    • Bill O'Slatter says:

      There are dolphins in the river that feed in South Perth waters , however I usually see them on the Kings Park and Riverside Drive part of the Swan .The South Perth city council does it best to get rid of them by continuing to allow jet skis on its part of the river, just near the Narrows.


  7. There’s a scale model of The Perth lower level the Perth Town Hall.


  8. Vic Demised says:

    The x-ray style is more Oenpelli than Nyungar, granted. The “squiggly thing” is obviously a wave motif, DFOC. I wonder how long before someone steals it for use as a weapon?


  9. Bento says:

    I think concrete sculptures of trees are much nicer than actual trees.


  10. Media release from South Perth

    Release Date: 20 February 2008
    New Art for Manning Road East
    City of South Perth is proud to unveil a new artwork installation for Manning Road.
    Installed early last week, the artwork is an attractive entry statement for the south eastern entry
    to the city and the suburbs of Waterford and Karawara.
    The new entry statement is located on the median island adjacent to Clontarf College, and has
    been designed in collaboration with Clontarf Aboriginal College, the Noongar community of the
    South Perth region, Curtin University and the City of South Perth.
    The artwork consists of three tree-like pillars decorated with locally significant birds and
    animals, and reflects the local connection with the river trees and animals.
    Mayor of the City of South Perth, James Best said:” We are really pleased to be able to unveil
    this installation now, it is great to provide the community and visitors with something that is
    unusual and locally significant.
    Supervising designer Susannah Day and artist Tony Pankiw have done a fantastic job, and I
    would like to thank those at Clontarf College, Curtin University and the Noongar people for
    making this project happen.”
    The project is the result of 18 months of planning, design and collaboration. The final design
    was created by Tony Pankiw and is constructed out of galvanised steel.
    The previous entry statement on Manning Road East was demolished several years ago in a
    car accident.
    For further media details contact:
    Chantal Husk City Communications Coordinator
    Ph: 9474 0716
    Fax: 9474 2425
    Mobile: 0438 946 085


  11. Jack says:

    The top one looks like a dairy cow half buried head first.


  12. Cookster says:

    No car is ever going to take this fucker out. Run into this entry statement and it’ll be your exit statement.


  13. ratbag23 says:

    They’re all right! What’s the matter, running out of things to rip the shit out of?


    • Jeez ratbag. You get up on the wrong side of town this morning? Plenty of stuff to rip.


    • Bento says:

      The concrete block in sand and weeds as the base, the exposed carriage bolts, the incongruous boab trees in concrete.

      Like so many things (and particularly on TWOP), it’s a nice idea, done in Perth’s inimitable half-arsed fashion.


  14. Cookster says:

    Canning Highway – Henley
    Street intersection
    entry statements $60,000


  15. Joe says:

    Been meaning to take a picture of this, its been done for me.
    Have seen numerous dead cats and chicken heads (?) floating through the Canning River.


  16. Johnny Nonation says:

    I live just around the corner from these abominations. Head down to Cottesloe’s Sculpture by the Sea for more this week! Public arse.


  17. Slanderer says:

    Public arse at Cottesloe? Orta get Cockster in his Humvee down there to check them out, see what punishment they can put up with.


  18. Chantal responded to queries on landscaping for the South Perth entry statement.

    That is an interesting site you have there.

    Regarding the new artwork on Manning Road:

    Following the installation of lighting in early April, landscaping will be the final stage of the project.
    Kind regards,

    Chantal Husk


  19. The Legend 101 says:

    Perth is a good place but The Northen Suburbs are not always the best if you dont like perth try bumbury it sucks. Theres only one cidema in bunbury and its so small and half people that live there are BOGEN.


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