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PUBLIC ART ISSUE
Anyone who's travelled the
southern end of the Kwinana
Freeway lately will have seen
the two giant faces on the tower
at Cockburn Central Station. Mounted like
billboards, they're individual portraits of
a senior woman and a teenage boy, both
with vivid facial features that blur out
towards the edges.
Since they went up in mid-2006, the
digital prints have been a point of much
debate, with some passers-by complaining
it's not clear why the "mug-shots" are there.
"Every time I drive past with someone
who hasn't seen them before, they ask if
it's a missing person," reads one post on a
notorious Perth blog. "I've driven by a few
times and thought it was an advertisement,"
e images are actually a public artwork
by Marco Marcon and Rodney Glick,
developed through a process of digital
synthesis using photos of local residents.
Titled e Face of the Community, the project
represents the most frequent users of public
transport, while juxtaposing elements
of realism with the otherworldly and
unknown. It is these virtual characteristics
that have led many to call the work "creepy"
and "poorly executed" -- so much so that a
petition was started to have the portraits
Yet, despite the controversy -- or perhaps
because of it -- the work now stands as one
of Western Australia's most successful
examples of public art. It has captured our
attention, got us questioning its significance,
and, most importantly, encouraged us to
form an opinion.
" ere is a role for art to challenge the
status quo and to move us forward by
getting people engaged," says Artsource
FROM TOP Street art mural The Conversation, by Stormie Mills
(pictured), in the city's Howard Lane; The Face of the Community, by
Rodney Glick and Marco Marcon, at Cockburn Central Station; Arch,
by Lorenna Grant, at the Northbridge Piazza. OPPOSITE Folded
aluminium screens, by Stuart Green, on a building in Subiaco.
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