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What is THAT? Perth’s newest landmark sculpture has residents scratching their heads

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What is THAT? Perth’s newest landmark sculpture has residents scratching their heads

What is THAT? Perth’s newest sculpture has residents scratching their heads – and calling it a complete waste of $340,000

  • A new sculpture in the Perth CBD has locals wondering what it is meant to be 
  • The six-metre high carbon fibre column twists out of the concrete in the CBD 
  • Several people wrongly guessed the inspiration including a harp and paperclip 

A new sculpture constructed in Perth at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars has left residents and viewers scratching their heads over what the abstract artwork is meant to represent. 

The large blue statue resembles a column which stretches more than six metres high from the footpath near Hay and Pier Streets in the CBD before looping around and returning to the concrete. 

‘Looks like a bent up paper clip, a complete and utter waste of money,’ one person wrote on Twitter

The public artwork (pictured), which will be officially unveiled on Friday, was commissioned by the City of Perth for a price tag of $340,000 

Viewers were perplexed as to what the expensive sculpture is supposed to represent

Viewers were perplexed as to what the expensive sculpture is supposed to represent 

‘Can I see the receipt please?’ One person said.  

The public artwork, which will be officially unveiled on Friday, was commissioned by the City of Perth for a price tag of $340,000. 

‘A big blue harp??’ Guessed another person. 

‘A tribute to the never ending roadworks’ A third said. 

‘My family said that it’s supposed to be a swan,’ a fourth person said. 

The carbon fibre sculpture is indeed designed to represent the Swan River and a literal swan – with the artworks name ‘Cygna’ from the latin name for the majestic bird. 

Artist Dr John Tarry said he was trying to create a piece that conveys the ‘qualities’ of a swan. 

The carbon fibre sculpture (pictured) is indeed designed to represent the Swan River and a literal swan - with the artworks name 'Cygna' from the latin name for the majestic bird

The carbon fibre sculpture (pictured) is indeed designed to represent the Swan River and a literal swan – with the artworks name ‘Cygna’ from the latin name for the majestic bird 

‘It emerges out of the ground and appears to wrap up and then return to the ground so it reflects dynamic implied movement,’ he told 7 News

‘There’s no wrong answer, there’s no right answer. It really is there to prompt discussion,’ he said. 

‘This was done during the Commissioners’ caretaker period – money spent and paid for. I’m here to take the credit and say we love it,’ Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas said. 

The artwork is part of the city’s east end revitalisation project. 

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