Emerging artist and mentor selected for Hamer Park design phase

28 October 2021

The City of Stirling has selected an emerging artist who will work with a mentor on the public artwork for the $6.3 million Hamer Park and Inglewood Oval redevelopment project.
Construction of new clubrooms at Inglewood Oval and the adjacent Hamer Park, Mount Lawley are nearing completion, and the City has commissioned a public artwork to enhance the space surrounding these buildings.
WA artist ‘Addam’, known for blurring the boundaries between jewellery, sculpture and architecture, will partner with a mentor, experienced public artist Rick Vermey, to produce two sculptures based on the shapes and colours of native orchids and banksia flowers.
Local fabrication company Total Sheet Metal will be sub-contracted to complete the metal fabrication for the artworks under the supervision of the artist and her mentor.
Mayor Mark Irwin said the City appreciates the role public art plays when it contributes towards creating a strong sense of place, promoting the expression of local identity, responding to the culture and character of the community, and enhancing the urban environment.
“The City’s Public Art Collection contains more than 50 artworks such as the large sculpture ‘Lina’ by Tony Jones that welcomes people into the Stirling Civic Centre, numerous murals and smaller discovery artworks throughout the City,” he said.
“The City allocates two percent of the construction cost for major capital works project to public art in line with our Public Art Policy, and this investment in art and culture will be extended and enhanced once our first Public Art Masterplan is completed by the end of this year.
“Addam’s concept designs are beautiful sculptural forms, and the approach of including a structured mentoring component – where Rick Vermey will provide coaching and support to Addam across the process of documentation, manufacture and install – is a fantastic initiative to develop an artist’s career in public art and we are proud to be able to facilitate this.”
Addam’s previous achievements include exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, being commissioned by Crown Towers to create work for Epicurean dining, creating jewellery for a Smirnoff international advertising campaign, receiving an Australia Council grant, participating in the SOFA 2011 at the Museum of Art and Design, New York and many more.
Rick Vermey’s works over nearly three decades are some of the most recognisable and ambitious public art installations in Western Australia.
His most well-known works include the ‘Sky Ribbon’ that adorns the Leach and Tonkin Highway interchange as a gateway to the Perth International Airport, ‘Folding Light’ a 22-storey geometric origami-folded facade adorning apartments on the Burswood Peninsula, and the 20 metre long ‘Species’ illuminated wall screens at the Murdoch Drive and South Street intersection representing vulnerable wetland species, where the dynamic LED lighting that changes with the six Indigenous seasons.
For more information about the Hamer Park and Inglewood Oval redevelopment, visit the project page at www.stirling.wa.gov.au/your-city/your-say-stirling/hamer-park-and-inglewood-oval.
The Hamer Park and Inglewood Oval redevelopment project is supported by a $1.3 million funding contribution from the State Government.

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