Mandurah waterways central to Forum artwork

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Perth artist Alister Yiap's installation at the freshly renovated Mandurah Forum is a tribute to Western Australia's beaches and rivers.

The Perth artist said the recently completed public artwork was inspired by local waterways and now welcomes shoppers into the newly redeveloped Mandurah Forum.

The installation, displayed on the corner of Pinjarra Road and Mandurah Road, features painted concrete and laser cut aluminium, a screen the artist said is reminiscent of light reflecting off water.

Yiap said the design rippled around the important role water played in Mandurah and the town’s proximity to the ocean.

“Mandurah is known for its seaside connection, estuary and waterways, and my design references the appearance and properties of water, imitating the blurred surfaces that reflect shimmer and shine," he said. 

“I found inspiration in the energy of water and how it can interchangeably be described as still, calm, dynamic, unstoppable and peaceful. I felt this aligned with the energetic transformation Mandurah is experiencing at the moments, turning into a vibrant city of its own.”

Yiap’s concept was chosen from four concepts submitted by WA artists for Mandurah Forum’s public art project.

Mandurah Forum Centre Manager Jacqueline McKenzie said the art installation was an iconic addition to the shopping centre and a landmark symbol for Mandurah and its people.

“Alister’s artwork is a striking feature that reflects the laid back lifestyle of the Mandurah community,” she said. 

“The patterns evoke a sense of movement and change, as shoppers will see when they drive past the installation, reflecting Mandurah’s transformation into a vibrant, progressive city.

“The screen is perfect for Mandurah Forum, which has become the heart of a dynamic and growing population.”

Mandurah Forum officially opened the doors to its transformed centre in March following a $350 million redevelopment over the past 24 months.


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