$250,000 bequest brings public art to rural Western Australia - Art Collector

Damien Butler, Kaleidoscope (impression).

27 March 2013 | Bridgetown, a rural township approximately 270 kilometres south of Perth, will soon be receiving a large scale public artwork titled Kaleidoscope (pictured above) as the first part of a $250,000 bequest from former local Dr Henry Schapper.

Dr Schapper was a renowned academic and author, who entrusted WA's peak body for visual artists, Artsource, to commission a public artwork as a gift for his beloved town.

After a nationwide open tender process, Artsource decided on Sydney artist Damien Butler. His striking 3 metre sculpture, made of locally sourced wood and stainless steel mirrors, is due be installed early next month on the banks of the Somme Creek. The selection panel was attracted to Butler's concept of playing with the light and colours that reflect from the creek.

Kaleidoscope represents the first phase in fulfilling Dr Schapper's bequest. In late April this year Artsource will commence phase two, which will use the remaining funds to commission artists from the region to submit their own public art concepts for the Bridgetown area.

Alexandra Djurichkovic

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