AFTER five years of development delays, Lyric Lane co-owner Michiel de Ruyter says he hopes to open the venue late next month.
The de Ruyter family first floated the idea of an ambitious music bar/cafe on the site of the old Speelite bike shop on Guildford Road in May 2014.
At the time Mr de Ruyter was hoping to open in 2016, but after dealing with numerous planning travails and construction issues, he is finally edging closer to opening day.
“We are hoping to open late March but no fixed date yet,” he says cautiously.
A commissioned sculpture by renowned Fremantle artist Tony Jones is one of the finishing touches recently installed at the venue.
He says the work was loosely inspired by the Picasso painting Three Musicians, and includes the body of a guitar and other subtle nods to the musical world.
Mr Jones says he’s been collaborating with the De Ruyter family on the design since 2015.
“We produced about eight miniature models so they could see exactly what they would be getting,” he says.
“It’s powder coated and has a figurative element to it. I’m pretty happy with the final result.”
Famous sculptures by Mr Jones include Eliza on the Swan River (frequently dressed-up by locals) and CY O’Connor in North Coogee.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK