Cottesloe Foreshore Renewal Public Art

Cottesloe Beach is a Western Australian icon, recognised as the most popular beach in Perth, and a place to go for visitors to Western Australia.

Apparatus was employed on the Cardno design team to undertake the public art and interpretive elements of the Cottesloe Foreshore Renewal Masterplan.

The Town of Cottesloe intends to redevelop the public spaces of the Cottesloe Foreshore in conjunction with the growing interest in private development. In addition, the Town desires to create a safe and vibrant public space that is sympathetic to its heritage as a place with significant social and Indigenous history.

The Interpretation and Public Art Plan identifies stories of Cottesloe and tells these stories through public art, street furniture, retention of historical artefacts, inclusion of photographic scenes in the built form, and interpretive signage.

Whadjuk stories played a major part in the Interpretation and Public Art Plan and a separate report, Sites of Aboriginal Significance: Research and Consultation, was prepared in collaboration and consultation with Whadjuk Elders specifically for this purpose.


  • Public Art + Interpretation Plan


  • Public Art + Interpretation Plan articulated the cultural and social value of the site with public art and interpretation to be integrated into the Landscape Design.
  • Research and consultation with Noongar Elders and the broader community.
  • Reveal the value of Cottesloe’s cultural heritage.
  • Researching the history of a place.
  • Cottesloe’s historic and contemporary link to Rottnest was documented in the Public Art + Interpretation Plan.
  • Consultation with Whadjuk Elders.

Project Details


  • Cottesloe


  • 2016

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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.