THE City of Perth has called for expressions of interest to design a sculpture-style pedestrian bridge linking Point Fraser to Heirisson Island.
Funding has not yet been finalised, but the project has been allocated $5.3 million in the City of Perth's five-year capital works budget.
An application is also in progress for an additional $5 million in federal government funds.
The bridge is needed to improve pedestrian access to the island, which can currently only be accessed on foot via a narrow footpath along the Causeway.
The bridge will also be the entry to an island-based international sculpture park, which is part of the Heirisson Island master plan adopted by the City of Perth in 2008.
The footbridge and sculpture park will be complemented by a commercial development at Point Fraser by City Foreshore Investments.
The Point Fraser development, which got the go-ahead from council in May 2008, will comprise a microbrewery restaurant, a kiosk, public amenities and a jetty. Work on the project is likely to start within 12 months.
Heirisson Island Sculpture Park Committee spokesperson Anthony Hasluck said the footbridge was a part of an exciting future for the island.
"We hope the footbridge will be a work of art in its own right and will act as a gateway that sets the scene for a visit to a sculpture park on the Island," he said.
"Footbridges are important features of many great cities, such as London and Paris, so we believe Perth has a great opportunity to create its own iconic structure across the Swan River that can be integrated with a sculpture park to form a unique arts venue that will attract worldwide attention."
"We hope there will be a range of international and national teams interested in the opportunity to design a footbridge that can be both a work of art and a symbol for our city."
Mr Hasluck added the state government had also shown interest in the sculpture park concept, because of its potential to create a unique tourism drawcard.[Close]
Following the ART:CITY Keynote Address by leading architect Noel Lane at the Concert Hall on Friday night, an audible sigh went up "why can't we have something like that in Perth". Noel's address took the audience through a revealing illustrated talk centred on a remarkable artistic vision and sculptural triumph: the creation of The Gibbs Farm.
Once a remote tract of farm land in New Zealand, this spectacularly scenic space has been transformed into an internationally talked about sculpture park.
Following the address, Judge William Groves, Chair of the Heirisson Island Sculpture Park group, commented that Perth presently has the opportunity to create a world class sculpture park on Heirisson Island.
"The location of Heirisson Island superbly bookends Kings Park at the opposite end of the cityscape. Major sculptural works inter-relating with the environment against the backdrop of the Perth skyline will bring a stimulating new dimension to the city," said Judge Groves.
"The response to The Gibbs Farm presentation clearly indicates widespread support within the community for this project. The time has now arrived for Heirisson Island."
Judge Groves also commended Wesfarmers Arts for sponsoring the ART:CITY programme.
"The programme will enliven interest in the visual arts in the city. The community will be stimulated by the ingenuity and creativity of the artists engaged in the programme. Corporate support of visual arts in the community is essential and is welcomed."[Close]
Exhibitions in the Visual Arts programme of the Perth International Arts Festival not to be missed, include -
Friday 19 February and Friday 26 February, 6 - 7.30pm.
Meet at the Cultural Centre outside PICA at 5.30pm
Friday 12 February - Monday 5 April
Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 6pm
Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, U.W.A.
Sunday 21 February - Sunday 2 May
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm
Sundays 12 - 5pm
John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University
Building 200, Kent Street, Bently
Friday 5 February - Friday 30 April
Monday - Friday 12 - 5pm
Sundays 1 - 4pm
Full details can be found on the Perth Festival website.[Close]