Perth’s Instagram-famous container rainbow will not be moved from its perch overlooking the Swan River and Fremantle Port.
The $145,000 public art installation, nicknamed Containbow, was set to be relocated so the land it is on could be used in the construction of the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge.
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But it was given a major lifeline on Thursday when the state government revealed an “enhanced design” for the replacement of the ageing link that was opened in 1939 as a temporary structure.
The new bridge plans retain the current road layout, allowing Containbow to stay in its current location.
“Quite pleased CONTAINBOW now gets to stay exactly where it is,” creator Marcus Canning posted on social media.
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He told 7NEWS.com.au he had designed the sculpture specifically for the site, which overlooks a container port, and not having to move it “is the best result”.
Another person online shared their excitement about the news by saying: “We love Containbow — still gets a cheer every time the kids see it.”
Fremantle’s Containbow has become an Instagram-famous photo location. Credit: Westernaustralia/Instagram
Containbow is made from nine colourful recycled shipping containers placed in an arch and stands nine metres high and 19 metres wide.
The 66-tonne piece was constructed on the Canning Highway road reserve in 2016 after being commissioned by the Fremantle council.
The eye-catching creation has since become what Main Roads acknowledged in July last year as a “popular iconic public art installation”, and is regularly named among Perth’s most Instagrammable locations.
Canning was delighted his work, which is actually called Rainbow, had been embraced by locals and visitors alike over the last seven years through countless social media posts, pictures and even inclusion in a business’s logo.
“I love it. That for me is when public art is really delivering value,” he said.
Meanwhile, the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge will be Australia’s only extradosed bridge, incorporating cantilevers and cable support, the state government says.
The final design was delivered after significant backlash to the previous concept, road layout and alignment.
It will follow the same path as the old bridge, features two traffic lanes in each direction, includes wider paths for pedestrians, and will be much easier to navigate for vessels passing underneath.
The state government has revealed new plans for the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, which will allow Containbow to remain in place. Credit: WA Government
“The design also delivers on the aspiration for a more iconic entry statement, and I am sure the new bridge in conjunction with the Containbow art installation delivers on that,” WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
Construction is not expected to occur until at least 2025 and will take a year to build.
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