Public Art : Beseech Sculpture
Also Known As : The big blue head
Sculptor: © Ken Sealey
Sculptor's Website: www.kensealey.com
Description: Beseech is a three metres high head,
made of concrete and finished in a sky blue two-part epoxy.
Date Unveiled: The Beseech sculpture was unveiled by
Vincent mayor Alannah MacTiernan on the 20th March, 2013. MacTiernan said during her speech “Its location at
our headquarters marks the city’s commitment to public art,” . “There is a lot of beseeching going on at the
city – so it is well-named.”
Cost : $45,000
Location: The big blue head can be found outside on
the lawn of the City of Vincent’s offices in Leederville, Western Australia.
Controversy: In August 2013, the
big blue head was to be installed outside Grange House, on Charles Street in North Perth, where it was to stare up
at the offices while office workers stared down at it, but the owner refused to have it erected because he thought
it would devalue the building.
The sculpture was funded by the developer of the building under the City of Vincent’s mandatory
Percent for Art scheme. Usually developers organise the art work themselves but in this case they opted
to pay the city the required value to do it, much to their regret , so it seems. The artist told council
officials the sculpture would humanise the building by ‘observing’ it and challenging its scale.
After Alannah MacTiernan's futile attempts at getting the owner to change his mind the council did
a round of public consultations to find an alternative site for the sculpture. Sites suggested were Woodville
Reserve in North Perth , Jack Marks Reserve in Highgate and outside Beatty Park Swimming Pool. Despite a lot
of beseeching, the sculpture was eventually erected outside the City of Vincent’s offices.
Artist's Statement : “Beseech watches and waits,
activating the space by creating tension through expectation and anticipation,”
References : Beseech blue head sculpture by Ken
Sealy, article by Chris Thomson, One Perth, 15/11, 2012 .