The River Journey, Supreme Court Civil WA, 2016, Percent for Art Scheme
The Journey of the River, 2016
A Percent for Art artwork that spans 6 floors of the Supreme Court, Civil, Perth CBD.
Artists Jo Darbyshire and Rick Vermey
Jo Darbyshire was commissioned to paint an 18 metre long oil painting for the ceremonial courts on Level 4 of the new Supreme Court Civil in Perth CBD.
The Journey of the River, (oil paint and Marri resin on canvas), carries the viewer on a journey from the rivers source, where the Avon becomes the Swan River at Wooroloo Brook near Walyunga National Park. The river flows west into the heart of metropolitan Perth and then into Melville Water, a large estuary that narrows as it reaches Fremantle and the Indian Ocean.
Rick Vermey and Jo Darbyshire also collaborated over a year to make the designs that were finally captured in 5 DigiGlass panoramas - each one 20 metres long and 40cm high - found on Levels 3,6,7,8 & 9, that explored other issues relating to the Swan River and layers of history.
The project was commissioned by the State Government Percent for Art Scheme. Public Art Consultant was Maggie Baxter. Photographs: Eva Fernandez and Tony Nathan.
A 9 minute video was also made showing the progress of this 2 1/2 year long project and can be seen on this link: