Within Without

The land encompassing the Elizabeth Quay development has a long and significant history both before and during the development of Perth. Being located on the edge of the Derbal Yerrigan (Swan River), the area formed part of the early development of Perth as a city although it was significant to local Whadjuk Noongar people prior to this and continues to be recognised as such.

The original Swan River shoreline has been significantly modified over time by reclamation and development. The development of the Elizabeth Quay precinct seeks to re-establish more connectivity and movement between the CBD and the water, and acknowledge the Whadjuk culture which reveres the river as an important site for gathering.

In resonance with this brief, the Statement Artwork captures a sense of energy and endurance. The image of the living tree, fire- scarred but resilient, is evoked with this work, representing dignity and regeneration as new growth emerges from the recesses between the forms.

The two forms in knowing and silent conversation with each other create a guardian- like welcome to the space. They signify a provocation of place – that we remember the past and together, we walk forwards into the future.

The Statement Artwork is a collaborative public artwork, designed and delivered by Stuart Green (lead artist for Big Spoon Art Services) and Sandra Hill (Cultural Advisor).

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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we work and live.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.