The Journey is a six storey metal artwork at the entrance of the Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre, which houses multiple children’s services for young people at risk in Perth, Western Australia. The message of art in the Child Advocacy Centre context must be “Enter.” Within the patterns and imagery of the artwork it says, “Enter a Place Where You Are Welcome”.
Paula Hart created two artworks for the building. The Six Seasons carpark screens and this welcoming entry statement. Paula created the artwork in a participatory process with young people in a focus group to discover a suitably symbolic image, that conveys this message of a welcoming entry and safe place. The intention is for the decoratively cut metal paneling to be reminiscent of many elements of childhood – paper lanterns, shadow puppets and kirigami.