Keeping the Flame Alight sculpture
Public Art : Keeping The Flame Alight sculpture
Sculptors: © Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith
Description: The bronze sculpture depicts two of
Western Australia's (and Australia's) sporting greats, Herb Elliott and Shirley Strickland. The athletes, both
facing each other with left knees up, are clutching the Olympic torch and holding it high up to the
heavens. The sculpture also depicts the ceremonial event prior to the Sydney Olympics, which saw a replica of the
Olympic Flame being relayed from person to person and athlete to athlete around the States and communities of
Date Unveiled: Keeping The Flame Alight sculpture was
unveiled on 22nd April, 2001.
Location : Burswood Park, Burswood, Perth, Western
KEEPING THE FLAME
This sculpture was commissioned by the Town of Victoria Park an the Burswood Park Board to
celebrate the passage of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch Relay through the town of Victoria Park on
Saturday 8th July 2000, and unveiled on 22nd April 2001.
A Community Cauldron was lit from the Olympic torch at a community based event staged in Burswood
Park where residents were encouraged to share in the spirits of the Games.
This sculpture features two of Western Australia's finest athletes, Shirley Strickland and Herb
Elliot and symbolically depicts the key element in the passage of the Olympic Flame through the
community, the transference of the flame from
person to person.
The drama of this unique moment is captured as their hands merge to grasp the symbolic Flame which
is a replica of the Sydney 2000 Torch design.
The sculpture also serves as an ongoing celebration of the finest sporting ideals demonstrated by
Olympians and Paralympians from Western Australia.
Shirley Strickland AO MBE
4x 100m Relay Silver
1952 Helsinki 80m Hurdles Gold
1956 Melbourne 80m Hurdles Gold
4x 100m Relay Gold
British Empire Games
1950 Auckland 100yd Silver
220 yd Silver
3x 110/220yd Gold
4x 110/220yd Gold
Herb Elliot MBE
1960 Rome 1500m Gold
British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Cardiff Mile Gold
Mile (Junior) 4min 03:08sec 1957 Australia
Mile (Junior) 4min 04.4sec 1957 Australia
2 Miles (Junior) 9min 01 sec 1957 Australia
3 Miles (Junior) 14min 02.4 sec 1957 Australia
Mile (open) 3min 54.6 sec 1958 Ireland