Public art celebrates shared history at Montario Quarter

  • Two new public art works, by three Perth artists, will celebrate the history of Montario Quarter
  • The installations will use new and old materials and create interactive pieces designed to inspire and celebrate the site’s heritage
  • Art will be a major feature of the high-quality landscaping

Three talented local artists have been selected to deliver two inspiring and creative art pieces which will take pride of place in the public spaces at Montario Quarter.

The works, commissioned by LandCorp, will use a blend of new and old materials including steel, remnant structures, light and digital media, drawing inspiration from the site’s past life as the former Shenton Park Rehabilitation Hospital.

LandCorp chief executive Frank Marra said the artists selected for the two current commissions presented outstanding concepts, which would enrich the experience of living in one of Perth’s most desirable developments.

“The site’s history as a rehabilitation hospital, which supported many Western Australians through long periods of recovery and treatment, is something we really wanted to recognise and honour in its new life,” he said.

“These pieces are just one of the ways new residents and visitors will be reminded of that history, while also adding a strong cultural and artistic element to the parklands and public open spaces at Montario Quarter.”

A vibrant vertical installation by artist Dr Penelope Forlano, titled ‘Mutualities’, is inspired by movement and the human gait, with colours derived from the signage used in the former hospital. The shadow play among the posts, situated along Selby Street, will create a sense of movement for drivers passing by while providing an entirely different effect for pedestrians.

The piece is designed to show a progression between the way we expect life to be and what happens when dramatic life events take hold, as well as the interwoven life stories of patients and medical staff. The footpath features ten quotes from former patients and staff, giving insight into their extraordinary experiences. Dr Forlano is also working with media artist Sohan Hayes to include an animated lighting design which will provide an alternative dimension at night.

The second piece, by Andrew Stumpfel, is titled “The Wellness Machine” and repurposes the former hospital chapel structure. It provides a reflection on a more holistic approach to wellness and medicine, integrating the natural environment, gardens, light and personal reflection. The structure will move with the wind and change reflection colour.

Mr Stumpfel is also working with Mr Hayes to incorporate a digital media installation inside the chapel structure.  This will consist of a series of video clips with stories from former patients and staff reflecting on the history of the site. Visitors will be able to access the clips via wifi while standing inside the chapel structure.

The public art installations will form key features of the public open space at Montario Quarter, which will ultimately accommodate 1,500 new apartments and townhouses set among shady tree-lined streets, with nature play areas, walking trails, retained and rehabilitated bushland.

The urban village will also feature outdoor entertainment spaces, fitness and exercise equipment, a playing court, table tennis table, open-air amphitheatre and reflective, quiet spaces in canopied areas.

Fini Group will restore the heritage-listed Victoria House, which will be the heart of the new precinct and include a mix of residential, commercial, retail and hospitality offerings with a focus on health and wellness. 

Iris Residential, in partnership with Primewest, will deliver a mixed-use development featuring one, two and three-bedroom apartments catering for intergenerational living.

The first two single residential land releases have now sold out, with the final lots expected to be released later this year. 

For further information visit Montario Quarter.

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*Artist impressions for illustrative purposes only.

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