Call them the ‘Cockburn heads’ or the ‘Cockburn faces’ if you will, but the former controversial art project is set to be replaced with local art after a community vote earlier in the year.
Almost half of the more than 2,400 respondents voted for a new piece of artwork to replace the station’s previous Faces of the Community display, which was removed last October amid safety concerns over its deteriorating condition.
The original artwork was a photo of a middle aged woman and a young boy, developed using composite imagery, however many residents found the artwork to be ‘creepy’.
Following the EOI period, three artworks will be chosen to progress to the next stage, with each of the shortlisted artists to be given $1,000 to progress their work to concept design stage. The three works will then be put to a community vote, with the most popular to be installed on the station tower.
Designs should be submitted in a high-resolution digital format and the artist should specify the medium in which they will deliver their piece.
Submissions are now open and will close on August 2. More information can be found here.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti acknowledged that it was definitely time for change.
“The famous, or to some the notorious, Cockburn Faces served their purpose but were past their use-by,” Ms Saffioti said.
“This is a wonderful chance for local artists to create a beautiful new piece of art that will be seen by thousands of commuters each day for years to come.
“With such an open criteria, we want our talented WA artists to use their creativity on a piece that reflects one or more of the themes we now know are preferred by the local community.”