Jubilee artwork commissioned by City

04 January 2023

To mark the City’s Jubilee in 2021 – which was not only the 50th anniversary of the City of Stirling, but also the 60th anniversary of the Shire of Perth and 150th anniversary of the Perth Road Board – a piece of artwork was commissioned.

Philip Noakes, a jeweller and silversmith based in Osborne Park, presented Mayor Mark Irwin with his finished piece, titled Waterways, which is now on display outside of the offices of the Mayor and CEO.

The City of Stirling contains 26 natural wetlands – including Herdsman Lake and Lake Monger – and 9km of coastline, all of which have shaped its development. Noakes’ sculpture was inspired by water, an element of the City’s landscape that connects its past, present and future.

The sculpture – a pair of hand-beaten silver discs mounted on a black granite plinth – captures the essence and mystery of the movement of water and waves.

Waterways is now included in the City’s Art Collection. The City is committed to the continued development of culturally significant collections including the Visual Art Collection, which is displayed throughout the City’s buildings. The collection features approximately 250 works in various mediums from established and emerging local, national and international artists. For more information, view the City's Art Collection.

In recognising these historical milestones, the City acknowledges the even longer history of Mooro Country, part of a region that has been home to the Wadjak people of the Nyoongar nation for more than 40,000 years, with some estimates as high as 65,000 years.

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  • Artist Philip Noakes and City of Stirling Mayor Mark IrwinArtist Philip Noakes and City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin
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