Public Sculptures

Public Sculptures information

Fremantle , Australia
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Enlivening Fremantle's streets are numerous bronze sculptures, many by local artist Greg James ( Perhaps the most popular, certainly with black-clad pilgrims, is the statue of Bon Scott (1946–80) strutting on a Marshall amplifier in Fishing Boat Harbour. The AC/DC singer moved to Fremantle with his family in 1956 and his ashes are interred in Fremantle Cemetery ; it's reputedly the most-visited grave in Australia, with many travellers stopping in for 'a beer with Bon'. Enter the cemetery at the entrance near the corner of High and Carrington Sts. Bon's plaque is on the left around 15m along the path.

Also in Fishing Boat Harbour is To The Fishermen , a cluster of bronze figures, unloading and carrying their catch up from the wharf. There's a lively statue of former member for Fremantle and wartime Labor prime minister John Curtin (1885–1945) in Kings Sq, outside the Town Hall. Nearby is a Greg James sculpture of fellow sculptor Pietro Porcelli (1872–1943), in the act of making a bust.

Another quirky bronze is Mark of the Century outside Fremantle Oval. For those not au fait with AFL, a mark is where a player cleanly catches a kicked ball, and the mark in question was by South Fremantle's John Gerovich in 1956. Gerovich is depicted leaping boldly above his opposing player Ray French.