situate - International Arts Competition

The shortlisted entries are a synthesis of many quality responses put forward by applicants for the Competition. As thresholds, gateways and markers these sculptures aim to draw people into Forrest Place. Each sculpture activates the space in different and surprising ways. They are large yet they touch the earth lightly, some even defy gravity. The shapes and details are sensitive to contrasts between day and night, and light and shadow. How the pedestrians use the square or orientations in relationship to other facilities reflect in the sculptures. Each finalist contributes interesting and exciting possibilities for the city of Perth.

Dibble Art Studio and Athfield Architects

The proposal explores the sculptural and symbolic potential of birds, progressing from perch to flight. A cluster of six bronze birds are perched at street level at varying heights. People will be able to move through these forms. Another pair of bronze birds in flight rise to the south and are read against the facade of the Post Office building.

Between the birds an implied diagonal line becomes a pathway across which pedestrians read the sculptural forms against the sky and surrounding buildings. This sense of connection suggests patterns of gathering and movement within Forrest Place.

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The Dibble Art Studio and Athield Architects submission team

Dibble Art Studio: Fran Dibble (Team Leader/Technical Support) Paul Dibble (Sculptor/ Artist) Andrew Coyle (Foundry Forman)

Athfield Architects Ltd: John Hardwick-Smith (Architecture) John McIntyre (Architecture/ Urban Design) Jaime Lawrence (Industrial Design)

All members from the team are from New Zealand. Their background and experience covers art, sculpture, architecture, urban design, industrial design, and landscape architecture from conceptual design to implementation.

Dr Arthur Park, Clendon Burns Park Structural Engineers, Wellington, New Zealand will consult on the project and Dibble Art Studio and Athfield Architects Ltd will select local design professionals should their proposal be successful.

Richard Giblett

The proposed artwork titled "Escalator Loop" is a contemporary artwork which will physically draw people into Forrest Place, inviting them to engage and interact. It is a full scale replica of an escalator standing 13.5 metres tall and 3 metres wide. The artwork loops around, much like a roller coaster loop-de-loop.

The materials used to construct the work will be those used in an actual escalator; primarily steel and glass with an in-built lighting component. Like an escalator, it is mostly a transparent, see-through object. At night it will be illuminated by a range of colourful sequences giving the illusion of the stairs actually moving.

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The Richard Giblett submission team

Richard Giblett (Team Leader/Artist) a Perth born artist has lived and worked in Melbourne and besides sculptural projects he works as an exhibition designer, installer, and tour manager.

Matthew Herbert Herbert + Mason (Principle Architect) Bertrand Lai, Nick Harding, Jan Vastesaeger (Architects). Herbert + Mason is a practice that thrives on highest quality design. Matthew Herbert and the other architects at Herbert + Mason have the project management and design documentation skills necessary for executing large architectural projects.

David Anthony Selected Enterprises / Dawson Construction Perth (Architect)

David Anthony's construction company has a long-standing professional relationship with Herbert + Mason having worked together on a number of projects in both Melbourne and Perth.

Lighting and Fabrication: Benjamin Cisterne Bluebottle3 (Lighting consultant) John Fasham JK Fasham Metal Fabricators (Consulting Engineer) has been operational for over thirty years in the production of architectural metal fabrication and sculptures. They have the ability to manufacture large sculptures from aluminum, steel, stainless steel, and bronze.

Jean-Bernard Metais 

The proposed artwork titled "The Sun at its Zenith" is a thirty five metre high stainless steel leaning arrow. It is a monumental work that is intended to connect land and sky. During the day, the cast shadow will track to the sun's movement, sweeping across the ground during the day in a cyclical movement.

At night lighting in surrounding paving will suggest the constellation of the night sky. Projectors installed inside the artwork will throw text and words onto the ground. The text will be based on writings of Western Australia artists, poets, and writers.

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The Jean-Bernard Metais submission team

Jean-Bernard Métais, (Team Leader) Anne Neil (Technical Assistance) Marian Pastor Roces (Writer), Patrice Curien, Managing Director, Intercos Australia Pty Ltd  (Consultant),BRUN workshop (Fabrication)

Jean-Bernard Métais lives and works in Paris. Métais has produced many permanent public art commissions, which are located throughout the world. Conscious of transient states the artist works with light, projections and cut steel. BRUN workshop fabricates and installs Métais' public sculpture commissions.

Western Australian public artist Anne Neil and Marian Pastor Roces, an independent curator and cultural critic working in Manila and Perth will assist JB Métais. Patrice Curien, Managing Director, Intercos Australia Pty Ltd will be a contract consultant.


The proposed artwork signifies the northern gateway to Forrest Place. It will activate the forecourt area of Forrest Place from a distance during both day and night. At a pedestrian scale the artwork is a simple steel and glass form that reveals layers of richness as the viewer moves around and through it.

The artwork uses the image of an unfolded map to describe the explorations of John Forrest. Surface imagery is derived from aerial photographs of the West Australian landscape which is perforated into steel to give the artwork a lightness and transparency. Backlit glass panels, which wrap around the form, contain references to his journeys.

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The Space Agency submission team

Dimmity Walker (Team Leader) and Michael Patroni (Architect) SpaceAgency with  David Walker (Artist).

SpaceAgency, an architectural firm that specializes in residential, commercial and community project has an wide-ranging record for producing quality architecture. Dimmity Walker is experienced in strategic planning and managing complex architectural projects management and Michael Patroni is highly regarded as an innovative architect in Western Australia.

David Walker has an extensive professional practice as a designer/maker of contemporary jewellery and objects. His artwork is represented in major collections in Australia and overseas.