Leda and the Swan sculpture
Public Art: Leda and the Swan sculpture
Sculptor: © Judith Forrest
Description: This is one of a series of small painted
steel & bronze sculptures that sit atop existing bollards at Fremantle wharf. The sculpture depicts a swan
pulling at a woman's dress. I suspect she got too close to the swan's nest.
Date Unveiled: The group of eight
sculptures were unveiled in November , 2002 by the Mayor of Fremantle, Peter Tagiaferri.
Location: The sculptures can be found lining the
wharf at Victoria Quay, O'Connor Landing Ferry Terminal (AKA Rottnest Ferry Terminal), Fremantle Harbour,
Leda and the Swan
A small drama played out on the riverbank
Trivia : Leda and the Swan is a story from Greek mythology in
which the god Zeus seduced/raped, Leda in the form of a swan.
In the sixteenth-century the Leda and the Swan theme became quite popular in art, as it was considered more
acceptable to depict a woman in the act of copulation with a swan rather than with a man.
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo both used the Leda and the Swan theme in their paintings. Interestingly both
painting have been lost, believed deliberately destroyed whilst in the collection of the French Royal Family. A sad
end by moralistic widows it is thought.
Correggio's famous Renaissance painting also met with an unfortunate fate. Whilst the painting was in the
possession of Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (a member of the royal family of France) his son Louis, who was a
little mad, went to work on Leda with a knife. Though repaired, full restoration was not possible.
There is a life-sized marble statue of Leda and the Swan at the Jai Vilas Palace Museum in Gwalior, Northern
Madhya Pradesh, India.