Public artworks at Ernest Johnson Reserve community facilities

News Update 22 January 2018
Ernest Johnson Reserve

Two separate opportunities were identified for public art as part of the redevelopment of Ernest Johnson Reserve in South Perth:

  • a two dimensional treatment of the façade of the building; and
  • the creation of one or more sculptural elements, external to the building.

Both of these opportunities were advertised in early 2016, with selected artists being contracted in June 2016. Both works are now complete.
A New Take, Leanne Bray, 2018
The artwork takes the form of a specially designed pattern created in colourful glazed bricks which is integrated into the structure of the buildings, in two places.

The artist took inspiration from the architectural heritage of South Perth, particularly the character in the brickwork of the federation bungalows, and the geometric patterning of the art deco dwellings that are a feature of the area.

The artist’s intention is that the artwork will carry some echoes of the area’s local character in its construction and patterning, whilst introducing new elements of colour and a glossy finish that provide contrast and interest.
The Goal Keeper, Lorenna Grant, 2018
The artwork is constructed around a steel frame which is clad with facets of an aluminium composite material, with a chameleon-coloured coating.

The artwork also incorporates LED lights, which are programmed to provide additional interest and movement after dark.

The circular form of the work, with its many colourful facets is intended to reference both diversity and collective unity.

In addition, the artist’s intention is that the work was open to a wide range of interpretations of relevance and significance to the diverse users of the facility.

Ernest Johnson Reserve redevelopment
The new Ernest Johnson Reserve (EJ) community facility buildings were completed in January 2018 and local groups and sporting clubs are moving in to their new state of the art home throughout January and February this year.

The reserve and associated buildings are being redeveloped to better accommodate the needs of the local community. The development and implementation of a Masterplan for EJ Reserve was a key initiative in the City’s Strategic Community Plan and Corporate Plan. 

Stage two of the redevelopment, which will include demolition of the old buildings, works on the oval and construction of sports facilities, playgrounds and social areas, has commenced with completion planned for mid-year.

EJ Reserve provides recreational, sporting and social opportunities for the local community and users include:

  • South Perth Junior Football Club
  • South Perth Cricket Club
  • South Perth Playgroup
  • Girl Guides South Perth
  • Rotary Club of South Perth Burswood
  • Como Bowling and Recreation Club
  • South Perth Little Athletics
  • South Perth Junior Cricket Club

The Reserve is located in South Perth, bounded by South Terrace, Sandgate Street, and Hensman Street.

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