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Stadium Park Art






Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park incorporates several permanent artworks.

The pieces celebrate Western Australia’s indigenous culture, landscape, history and community while responding to the themes of people, land and sport.








Convergence


Jonathan Tarry’s Convergence evokes the layers of ecological confluence and cultural heritage that culminate at the site of Optus Stadium.

The fluid qualities of the Swan River correspond to the fearless energy of the game, reflected in the curvilinear forms that invite fans to explore, interact and play, becoming part of the artwork, the site and the game.

Crowds of fans are mirrored in the silver surface of these forms, merging with the environment.

The tracking of human motion and the environmental forces of Western Australia are evoked within the form of Convergence.
The artwork reflects the surface of Western Australia’s many waters, its environment and the social nature that will meet in this space.
Convergence generates an interactive space, inviting people to explore and engage amongst the curvilinear forms of the
artwork. By night the sculpture is illuminated by a constantly changing light system









The Wandering


International artist, Chris Drury, is the creator of The Wandering – a 190 metre long rock formation, which uses 460 tonnes of Toodyay and Donnybrook stone.

Inspired by the flow of the Swan River and its location in Stadium Park, in the northern section of Stadium Park in proximity to the Windan Bridge and the Northern Oval, Drury created this piece to be living art with Indigenous drought-resistant plants incorporated into the design, binding the structure together.





2016 - Toodjay and Donnybrook stone,planting

Commissioned through the State Government’s Percent for Art Program

The Wandering is a meandering dry-stone artwork, designed as a growing living thing: a miniature ecosystem and bio-diverse habitat.
Constructed from local stone with an earth infill, The Wandering encourages plants to grow along its surface, providing habitat for insects and
lizards. 

At over 190 metres, the artwork emerges from the higher ground to the North, winds its way in a series of loops, and descends in to the Donnybrook stone whirlpool at the lake edge to the South. Within each of these meanders a place to gather is created, a place to sit under the shade of a tree, a place of contemplation or a place to explore.
This snaking artwork mirrors the meanders of the Swan River, which is a wave form in nature.
Both the wall and the whirlpool are wave forms and represent energy in nature. It is this energy from which all matter is created. These forms are intended to energise the land leading up to the Stadium.

Nature and culture existing side by side on this site, and with the historical aboriginal context, I was trying to reconnect something, by making a wall that doesn’t
enclose anything but instead, with its loops, creates gathering spaces, which again re-connects to the ancient ceremonial gathering place for the Whadjuk, before
they crossed the river, or where they fished for clams.






Waanginy Boorna – Message Stick


Well-known Western Australian Aboriginal artist, Barry McGuire created two 4.2m cast bronze message sticks, which are located in the north-west and south-west of Stadium Park – book ending the 200 metre BHP Board­walk.

Message sticks have traditionally been used to bring people together in one place and the angle of the mes­sage sticks reflects the idea of passing from one hand to another.

Each message stick sits on top of a concrete plinth and has in built technology that will allow them to be show­cased during the day and lit up at night.






















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