First art trail installation complete

Published on Wednesday, 8 March 2023 at 2:47:41 PM

Capturing and reflecting the Ferguson Valley’s beauty is the aim of The Valley Frame – the first installation completed in what will become a 15-stop public art trail, designed to attract visitors to the region and support local business.

The sculpture is the work of renowned South West multi-disciplinary artist Andrew Frazer who was inspired by the convergence of features which make the Ferguson Valley such a beautiful location to visit and live in.

The sculpture is located at the Pile Road pull-in bay and scenic view-point and is comprised of steel rings purposely spaced to allow for sunlight to travel through – reflective of the splintered light passing through trees when driving through the valley.

The full art trail concept plan includes 15 proposed public art installations throughout the Dardanup Shire and will give more local artists an opportunity to contribute their creative flair to the region through a variety of mediums including sculpture, mural painting, photography and more.

A number of community consultations and artist workshops were conducted to inform themes, locations and inspiration for the larger trail concept.

Council adopted the Concept Plan at its June, 2022 meeting.

  • You can read the Council Minutes HERE.
  • You can read the full concept plan including proposed future locations of installations from Page 16 of THIS DOCUMENT.

This first stage of the project has been achieved with thanks to the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries Covid-19 Recovery Program.

Shire staff are in the process of seeking external funding support to achieve further installations and consultations with nearby landowners will occur as part of any future planning and commissioning processes.

Dardanup Shire President Mick Bennett said: “We are happy to give our local arts community opportunities to develop their skills and also be seen and celebrated by visitors and locals to the region.”

“Andrew’s sculpture responds to the theme of ‘Grow’ which we hope is exactly what this project will continue to do.”

Mr Frazer said his design process began with a study of the site and surrounds.  

“Being a South West artist, this site spoke to me personally and my connection with this community on a deeper level,” Mr Frazer said. 

“The lifestyle, community and celebration of the Ferguson Valley is represented in the art and sculpture - a nod to the growing wine industry within the Ferguson Valley and a nod to the life blood of growth – water.

“I want to represent both of these forms and give the community an interactive piece that serves as a frame for photos and the beauty of the valley itself.”

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