Art of the move

Cockburn Gazette

9th April 2020.

Joining the 300 Department of Communities workers who have shifted to Kings Square recently was an iconic sculpture.

In a measure to make the workers feel at home in Fremantle The Family, a sculpture by West Australian artist Margaret Priest, was also moved to the port city.

The artwork had stood outside the Department’s former head office in East Perth for more than 40 years.

Standing 4.2m tall and weighing almost 20 tonnes, it was transported to Fremantle and installed in front of the main entrance of the department’s new headquarters in Newman Court in November.

Priest is considered one of the few female artists of her time to live and work as a professional artist in postwar Perth.

She introduced modernist concepts in her major works during the 1950s to 1980s and had an important influence on Perth’s cultural landscape.

The Pioneer Womanat Kings Park is her most recognised piece and more of her works are at Kings Park, Perth Zoo and UWA, as well as in private collections.

The City of Fremantle is completing the $270 million renewal of Kings Square with Sirona Capital.