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23 Sep 2011

It has been called the Perth Cactus and a sea-dragon, amongst other things, but artist James Angus calls it Grow Your Own.

In Perth for the handover of the  Forrest Place sculpture to the City of Perth, Mr Angus said that the name referenced his local roots as well as reflecting on the process of making your own art and ideas.

Grow Your Own directly refers to the organic farming movement, which originated in the early part of the twentieth century and coincides with the beginnings of Modernist sculpture. The title asks that people make a visible commitment to where they live and the other people that live there,” Mr Angus said. 

The work, which was the winner of the State Government’s $1million situate international sculpture competition is now a permanent fixture.

Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts Allanah Lucas said that the installation of the work had generated a great level of interest.

“Two years ago the situate jury had a difficult task choosing the winner from the 202 entries, so it is good to see the culmination of this process and the discussion which has been generated, now that it is in place.”

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said that James Angus’ sculpture would become a Perth landmark.

“Its distinct presence and prominent location will create a significant point of interest within the inner city,” Ms Scaffidi said.

“James Angus is a local artist who now works in New York and we are proud to have his work represented in such a key location.

“James’s artwork will be an important feature in the newly refurbished Forrest Place and we are confident that it will be warmly embraced by both residents and visitors to our growing city.”

For more information on the competition please visit the situate website.