About Cockburn artwork
The Drive Thru Art Gallery includes the entire City owned and or commissioned external public artworks. There are also many other artworks throughout the City that may have been installed by state government agencies or developers, etc. You can also locate the City’s artworks on the intramaps section of the web and input public art.
Cockburn Central train station artwork
Prior to 21 October 2019 the controversial artwork commissioned and owned by Perth Transport Authority (PTA) comprised two giant faces on posters on the north and south facades of its Cockburn Central train station clock tower.
According to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, the PTA removed the artworks for safety reasons on 21 October. She said that PTA would fast track a public comment period about future options for its tower at Cockburn Central train station.
The City has welcomed this news and has previously notified the PTA that it would be happy to facilitate consultation with the community on this issue.
The City has also notified the PTA that it would like to be consulted in relation to future artwork on the tower, as we recognise that the Cockburn community is invested in what it sees on the tower and how that reflects on the community.
In 2014, Cockburn Council voted to carry a motion to:
- Support the continuing use of the tower to display public art
- Support the currently blank sides of the tower to be used for advertising, particularly if it included a clock face
The City has reminded PTA that the public art component was an obligation under the State Government’s Percentage for Art Policy, committed as part of the development of the Cockburn Central railway station.
The creation of artists Marco Marcon and Rodney Glick. Entitled The Face of the Community, the previous artwork contrasted elements of realism with the unknown.
Each face was produced using hundreds of photos of local residents and then digitally morphed to represent the most frequent users of public transport.
The PTA added a third work to the Western façade of a morphed landscape representing the area from Perth to Mandurah.
Poppies on Cockburn street signs
The universally recognised red poppy symbol will adorn selected signs in the City of Cockburn where streets have been named in honour of individuals and families involved in war or peace-keeping efforts. Red poppy stickers have been added to more than 100 Cockburn street signs named after a local person, family or other related war or peace-keeping activity or commemorative event. Suburbs where streets have received the special stickers are Atwell, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Cockburn Central, Coolbellup, Coogee, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Jandakot, Munster, North Coogee, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup and Yangebup.
The City is designing an artist database for all our arts, events and heritage community from performing to writing to visual and everything in between. This database will allow Cockburn artists to promote themselves, groups and their artforms. Want to know more about art in Cockburn? Email your name, phone number, address to email@example.com with the Subject: ‘Artists Database’ to be included on the database.