Public Art: Situate sculpture
Also Known As: The Cactus
Sculptor : © James Angus
Situate Website: www.situate.dca.wa.gov.au
Principal Engineer : Douglas Knox, a civil and
structural engineer from D.W. Knox and Partners .
Lighting Engineer: Peter Mclean
Description : A bright green, 6.5 metres tall
3-dimensional biomorphic sculpture which changes into different shapes at different times of the day and when
approached from different directions. The sculpture was hollow-cast in aluminum.
Date Unveiled: Unknown
Fabricated: Jaime Marina, Mouldcam Pty Ltd, Brisbane,
Location : Needless to say you can't miss it, look
for the greenest thing in Forrest Place near the railway station end, Perth CBD, Western Australia.
Background: Following approval of a multi million
dollar upgrade of Forrest Place in Perth's CBD, the City of Perth allocated $1.5 million for a public art
installation which was the single largest undertaken in Western Australia . Submissions were open to local and
Controversy: As this sculpture is one of the single
largest art projects undertaken in Western Australia you would expect there to be some criticism but the people of
Perth are somewhat divided in their opinion of the piece. Some have described it as 'a cactus meets the Loch Ness
monster' while others think it looks like a kid's playground.
This is how the judges described the sculpture ... 'a lively and lyrical biomorphic form,
which will attract the public's attention because it is tactile and playful'.