ABOUT PUBLIC ART | OPTUS STADIUM
As part of the Westadium Consortium (Multiplex and Hassell), FORM was awarded the art consultancy role for the Perth Stadium. Located on the Burswood Peninsula, this project commenced in 2013 and opened to the public in early 2018. The Westadium Consortium public art strategy provides a blueprint for the incorporation of public art as a facilitator of community engagement, cultural exchange, sporting exchange, creative expression, and place enhancement across the entire Perth Stadium and sport precinct. FORM’s involvement in this project began in the bid stage in 2013 when, FORM and the team undertook development workshops with Noongar artists to discuss and develop themes appropriate to the area of the Burswood Peninsula. These themes, formalised in to ‘Our Land’, ‘Our Sport’ and ‘Our People’, went on to inform not only the procurement of the public art work but also the Stadium and precinct design itself. Within the bid stage, FORM were able to assist Westadium in confirming private sponsorship from both BHP and Chevron.
Upon award of the tender, the FORM team worked closely with Multiplex, Hassel and various stakeholder engagement groups in developing the public art strategy. Two funding streams were available for artworks, being the Percent for Art funding, as a requirement as a State government project, and private sponsorship through BHP and Chevron. An Artwork Selection Committee was established for the Percent for Art funded works, which included representatives from The Office of the Government Architect, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Department of Sport and Recreation, VenuesWest, Department of Culture and the Arts, Westadium, Brookfield Multiplex Engineering and Infrastructure, Department of Treasury, Brookfield Global Integrated Services, Hassell and the Whadjuk Working Party Advisory Group.
Through the Percent for Art policy, three artwork opportunities were advertised internationally. The first of these was a land art opportunity, which was awarded to UK environmental artist Chris Drury, who created and installed The Wandering. The remaining works were a Statement Artwork, awarded to Perth artist Jonathan Tarry who created Convergence, and a pedestrian link work, awarded to Perth team Chris Nixon and Tom Lucey who created Sound & Colour, an immersive work incorporating lighting and sound scapes.