Heirisson Island currently consists of open grassed spaces, areas of native vegetation, reeded shorelines, beaches and inlets. It is primarily visited by joggers, cyclists and recreational fishermen who enjoy its peace and tranquility. Every day thousands of people using the Causeway drive by this urban oasis without giving it a second thought.
Now imagine Heirisson Island, with its breathtaking views of the Swan River and the Perth City skyline, as home to sculptures from some of the world's best artists.
You could visit alone, take visitors to Perth or enjoy a family picnic by crossing a footbridge, or riding onto the Island from the network of riverside cycle paths. You will be able to see all the sculptures in one day or return time and time again because it is a public space that is open to everyone and free to access.
The Sculpture Park will provide an unparalleled cultural experience by combining contemporary art, Indigenous and colonial heritage with the beauty of the natural environment right on the city's doorstep.
Sitting at the gateway to Perth, the Island and its installations will be viewed by tens of thousands of visitors arriving in the city. The Island has the potential to become one of the world's great sculpture parks and this will make it an international arts tourism destination.
The sculpture park concept has now reached an exciting stage. The concept was included by the City of Perth in its Master Plan for the Island. The State Government has also indicated it is supportive of the concept.
In early 2010 the City of Perth released an Expression of Interest document seeking a national or international consultancy team to design a pedestrian bridge over the Swan River from Point Fraser to Heirisson Island. The pedestrian bridge is intended to be an artwork in its own right and is a fundamental part of the sculpture park plan.
To turn the concept into a reality, a not-for-profit organisation, the Heirisson Island Sculpture Park Inc., was established in 2001 to encourage a wide range of organisations to help bring this vision to fruition for Western Australia.