“WHY’S the big blue head yellow?” is the question on the lips of Vincent locals.
Turns out the sculpture in front of council offices has been painted yellow to celebrate the launch of the city’s outdoor events season.
Mayor Emma Cole says: “We host so many fantastic and free outdoor events in Vincent during the warmer months, so we’ve given Beseech, also known as the Big Blue Head, a yellow, sunny makeover to celebrate and promote this to our community.”
The full list of what’s on is at events.wa.gov.au but there’s about 50 events including February’s LeedyPalooza street party and next weekend’s Hyde Park Carols by Candlelight on December 14.
There’s also a bunch of free outdoor sunset movies in local parks.
Ms Cole says they got approval from Beseech artist Ken Sealey before giving it a lemony makeover and a splash of sunscreen.
The head’s previously been rugged up for the 2017 winter with a beanie and scarf made by guerilla knitters from the North Perth Knit Natter and Crochet group.
The big blue head ending up on the corner of Loftus and Vincent Streets back in 2013 was a happy accident.
It was commissioned as part of the council’s “per cent for art” scheme which calls for developers to pay one per cent of the overall project cost for a piece of public art.
It would’ve gone up on an office block on Charles Street, but the owner didn’t like the design.
Never one to miss an opportunity for a pithy soundbite, then-mayor Alannah MacTiernan had said the council location was perfect as developers often came to beseech councillors for approval.
by DAVID BELL