Rokeby Road public art project
Rokeby Road will have an extra splash of colour when a new public artwork series by artist Leanne Bray is installed next month. Find out more about the artwork and how you can get involved below.
About the artwork
Designed by visual artist Leanne Bray, the yet-to-be-named collection will feature seven perspex sculptures positioned within the Subiaco Town Centre. Drawing on the city’s rich tradition of leadlight windows and chandeliers, the artwork fuses tradition and modernity to create a magical array of colours, patterns and intrigue.
The artwork will be made using coloured perspex in a palette of blue, green, pink, red, purple, yellow and orange, and each of the seven pieces will incorporate a different pattern. The perspex will cast coloured shadows on the ground surrounding the sculptures, inviting visitors to the Subiaco Town Centre to take a moment and look up.
Installation and location
The complete artwork will consist of seven individual pieces installed on the multi-functional light poles on Rokeby Road. Four of the pieces will be at the intersection of Seddon Street and Rokeby Road, and the remaining three will be located outside Subiaco Post Office. The artworks will be installed on Thursday 18 May.
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What was your inspiration for this project?
I am always keen to add a little colour to an environment. This Rokeby Road artwork offered a rich opportunity to create a bold and colourful artwork solution that added to the overall positive experience for the local community. It is intended that the artwork will offer elements of surprise, inspiration and enjoyment on a more personal level – as part of the welcoming, pedestrian-friendly space.
My intention with the artwork was to embrace a little of the local history (reflected in the heritage style), while incorporating a very urban and contemporary edge. The ‘chandelier’ becomes a conduit between Subiaco’s heritage and the modern, urban community of today.
I have produced a series of almost chandelier-like works that float above everyone, glinting, refracting and casting colour and pattern on the ground below. As natural light passes through the work, it adds the extra dimension of cast shadows, with the sections of the work shifting and changing colour (as the transparent colours overlap when viewed from different angles).
The artwork is about creating the appropriate lyrical quality that would best suit the location – a magical array of colour and patterning, appealing to all ages while still maintaining an elegant and urban sophistication… almost magic lantern-like!
Where do you find ideas for your artworks?
Informed by the idea of the feminine as the very beginning, my studio artwork explorations are based around the metaphorical concept of birth – as a symbol of divine procreation. Inquiries within my work embrace the cyclical nature of beginning and end, and the composition is often dependent on the triangle as a leitmotif.
The textural works are often built with layers of patterning which suggest a mired meaning that both seduces and provokes the viewer. Akin to building a figurative structure, piece by piece, the work asks the viewer to see beyond the literal geometry and patterning to appreciate the significance of cyclical continuity. Moving away from the more representational results, my work has become more about the process, the exploration of colour and the ‘divine’ application of pattern.
Creating work for me has become about celebrating culture, colour and the concept of connectivity, using patterns and ornamentation as representatives of our daily lives. Using mixed media, the work that I am currently producing is predominantly experimental and wrought from the intricate and adorned patterns of life.
What is special about Rokeby Road?
It is the very nature of the old and new that makes Rokeby Road so exciting to me. It has always been like a stunning middle space between classic and modern, heritage and urban. I think the artwork came about as just that – across the space separating or in the period separating. Maybe I should have called it Between?
How would you describe this piece in one word?