About Public Art | Perth Airport
Public Art | Perth Airport
Client: Perth Airport Pty Ltd
Year: 2013 – Current
Artists: Penny Coss (WA), Christian Fletcher (WA), Penelope Forlano (WA), Kyle Hughes-Odgers (WA), Tom Muller (WA), Nike Savvas (NSW), Carly Scoufos (Qld), Nick Statham (WA)
In mid 2012, FORM was engaged to develop the Art Strategy for the new Perth Airport expansion and upgrade. The conditions of Western Australia present a unique context for the development of the Perth Airport Precinct. With over a third (33.7%) of WA’s population born overseas, and strong international connections through our business and education linkages, WA is increasingly globally connected. At the gateway to Asia, its role as a point of connection is also likely to increase. However, combined with this international connectivity, Perth’s Airports also host a high proportion of domestic travel reflecting the nature of our industries and state landscape, making these hubs central to the daily lives of many Western Australians.
FORM’s Public Art Strategy aims to showcase Perth Airport as a gateway to Western Australia, expressing the State’s unique identity and highlighting the creative talents of indigenous and non-Indigenous artists across a range of airport locations. In commissioning a high quality, innovative and site-responsive Art Program, Perth Airport’s ambition is to create a distinctive, engaging and memorable precinct that makes our state proud to have the airport as its gateway.
In March 2013, the Perth Airport officially opened their new terminal (T2), catering predominantly to Fly-In Fly-Out workers connecting to regional Western Australia. Two large glass walls featuring vibrant aerial photographs of the Pilbara landscape were unveiled at the opening of T2. The works were taken by world renowned nature photographer Christian Fletcher who was selected through direct engagement by FORM.
Over the past three years a total of nine commissions have been installed through the Airport terminals. Artists range from local to national and international artists. FORM are currently working with Perth Airport for a number of further artwork commissions within the Terminal 1 forecourt.