Alkimos is named after a Greek ship that was wrecked off the coast in 1964. The vessel broke anchor and was driven onto the Eglinton Rocks, after which the partly dismantled remains sat in several metres of water before gradually disintegrating and sinking. It is now a popular diving venue.
The Alkimos sea journey begins with a deliberately rusted steel anchor nestled in the garden bed at the entry to the school. Mehdi has carved a medley of sea creatures that divers might expect to meet on their journey down into the depths of the Alkimos wreck.
Students and adults alike can sit on, hug and play with larger works placed in the grassed courtyards. The hermit crab, Australian sea lion and green turtle have each been rendered with anatomical precision, as have the sharks, fish, dolphins, squid and turtle on the five wall pieces to assist with navigation through the school site.
The sculptures are carved from Donnybrook sandstone and the sandy colour with subtle lines evoking dunes and shore running through makes it the perfect medium for ocean inspired artworks in a beach side suburb.
TITLE: “Wreck Art”
PHOTOGRAPHER: Jerika Faithfull
Mehdi has created a new Sculpture titled: “Ozraptor” at the Kingsway Children’s Playground in
Wanneroo, Perth, Western Australia.
Mehdi Rasulle has created a new sculpture for West Byford Primary School called “The Solid Sisters”.
Mehdi Recently created and installed a new Sundial Sculpture at the West Byford Primary School.
Mehdi Rasulle was quite rightly beaming with pride as his Tram Bus Stop public artwork was officially unveiled by Town of Victoria Park Mayor Trevor Vaughan last week.
The artwork is a functioning bus shelter on Albany Highway that cleverly incorporates design elements of a tram, to reflect the history of the tram service that used to run through the area.
The site was originally the end stop for a tram that ran through Victoria Park from Perth CBD to Welshpool Road from 1905-1951.
A tram carriage bus stop had been at the site for many years but wear and tear saw it replaced with a standard bus stop in 2008.
Key pieces of the original shelter were salvaged and incorporated into the new design.
Rasulle operates under the business name Sculpture Sitoara and has other public artworks at schools and churches around Perth.
The Town has commissioned him to produce another public artwork, which will reflect the history of Broadway Theatre.