World-class art in a world-class development

Optus Stadium: surrounded by parkland, on the curve of Perth’s Swan River—Whadjuk Noongar land— a place for people, gatherings, achievements, and art.




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Artistic vision enabled by private sponsorship & public funding

FORM developed and managed the delivery of the public art strategy, working  with the artists, Multiplex, HASSELL, the State Government and various stakeholders.  Funding for the delivery of the artworks came via the Percent for Art Program and private sponsorship from BHP and Chevron.

Our People, Our Land, and Our Sport: the guiding principles for the project

These guiding principles, developed as a result of working closely with the Noongar community, inform the direction not only the public art but also the landscape and architectural design of the Stadium.

a key member of the team 

As art consultant, FORM was a key player since 2012 in the consortium delivering this landmark State development.

celebration of Noongar culture

The Stadium site boasts the largest collection of Noongar public artworks anywhere in the Perth Metropolitan area, delivered through FORM's Land.Mark.Art professional development program for Aboriginal artists, under the guidance of the Whadjuk Working Party Advisory Group.

“the Waanginy Boorna (Message Stick) sculptures are an invitation to all nations to be as one, in one ceremony, in one place, at one time”

Barry McGuire, artist, Waanginy Boorna

CHRIS DRURY AND KAY SYRAD, artists, the Wandering

“by making a wall that doesn’t enclose anything but instead, with its loops, creates gathering spaces, I was trying to re-connect to the ancient ceremonial gathering place for the Whadjuk before they crossed the river, or where they fished for clams”

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