Location: Perth City
Distance: 3.1km one way, short walk back to car
Trail Marker: Unmarked Trail. Download Map or KML file below
Duration: 1-2 hours
Cost: $0, free entry
Toilet Facilities: Yes, at start/finish
Dog Friendly: No
Date walked: 4th November 2018
After our last Art Trail Urban Adventure I started looking up what other trails are available to those in the city and come across the Art City Walking Trail. Although it's an unmarked trail, the downloadable map is very straight forward but the fact that I am a Perth local made it a whole lot easier as most of these artworks I have come across in my time. I downloaded the trail map and made my way into the city. The trail ended up being about 3km one way. The start and finish points are about 1km apart and it's a flexible trail in the way that you can park anywhere within the cbd and start at the closest marker. I parked at the Perth Concert Hall and walked to start in Elizabeth Quay. Elizabeth Quay is a fairly new addition to our beautiful city with the opening in January 2016. It is a mixed-use development project located on the north shore of Perth Water and centred on the landmark Swan Bells, and is named in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The start of the Art City Walking Trail can be found right near the entry to the Elizabeth Quay Bridge.
The first art installation on the trail is the stunning First Contact sculpture by renowned Nyoongar artist Laurel Nannup, which welcomes visitors to Elizabeth Quay from the city and the river. It's then on to the Wolf Lane Arts Precinct which highlights a range of varied artists. The next piece is a temporary installation in Kings Square, a 9 metre endangered snub-nosed Gold Monkey created by Australian artist Lisa Roet, clinging to the side of the building. Kings Square is also home to another two pieces of art, Koorden which is six dramatic male Indigenous figures rendered in cast bronze stride towards the east across the grass of Wellington Gardens, and Connectus which is the yellow suspended ribbon-like light artwork glowing with the ochre hues of the Western Australian landscape at night.
I feel there is so much more art that can be packed into this walking trail but honestly you could probably walk through the city all day looking at artwork. The next section has you walking on to the 140 William Arts Precinct featuring the monumental mural by Perth artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers as well as gem-like sculptural seating elements by Perth jewellery designer Alister Yiap. It's then on to Forrest Place for the next two art installations. Grow Your Own, aka The Green Cactus by artist James Angus and an interactive water sculpture called Appearing Rooms by artist Jeppe Hein. The next art installation was a little tricky to find . because you need to go into the library and take the lift up to level 1, from which you look up to see Delight and Hurt Not by artist Andrew Nicholls.
Walking on through Cathedral Avenue towards St Georges Tce is where you will find the next sculpture, Ascalon by artists Marcus Canning & Christian de Vietri, named after St George’s lance of the legend, and represents the triumph of good over evil, depicting St George’s cloak billowing around his lance after he has slain the dragon. 'The Mob' - Kangaroos on the Terrace by artists Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith is next and probably one of the most iconic Art Sculptures in Perth. Captured in full flight, having been startled as it were by the sudden appearance of noisy traffic – a vision from the future perhaps? Lastly is the piece Untitled by artist Tom Sanders, hidden within the Perth Concert Hall. Commissioned by architect Jeffrey Howlett for the official opening of Perth Concert Hall on 26 January 1973, this mural of ceramic tiles serves as a striking feature wall, inspired by the playful symbolism used by Spanish surrealist artist Joan Miro during the 1930s.
It was a nice change once again to explore something other than a bush trail and I must say that these two last art trails I have done have really sparked my interests for wanting to see more art so am sure there will be many more art and culture trails to come. It was a short walk back to my car from here as I had parked near the Perth Concert Hall. What I loved about this trail as well as that the trail intersects with the city's free CAT buses so for those not to keen on walking the whole thing, if you work it out well enough you can literally be taken to each stop. Check out the link to the CAT info here.