Winter lights up

Janet Echelman’s enormous work ‘1.8’ comes to Australia for the first time. Photo by Ema Peter.

THE city winter festival returns with a newly rebranded “Perth by Light” moniker for 2021, picking up some of the events that had to be skipped due to Covid lingering last year.

American artist Janet Echelman’s immense sculpture 1.8 will finally be seen in Australia for the first time, after its initial 2020 Downunder debut was cancelled by Corona. 

Perth council’s brought over the colossal 160 tonne 70m by 58m work which replicates the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, and it’ll be displayed for free in Supreme Court Gardens June 26 to July 24.

Another enormous attraction walks the streets for Naidoc Week, with the six metre giant puppet Bindaran celebrating the beginning of Makuru (a wintery Noongar season). She’ll share stories of Boorloo (Perth) and celebrate Noongar women’s connection to country, and she’ll make her way through city streets from July 4 to 10.

All the dates, times and events are at

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