Mends Street Promenade South Perth ‘Resonance’ was modelled on three swan feathers, cast in bronze, and stands 1.9 metres high. “These three sculptural feathers are symbolic of the abundant bird life that once stood on these shores but more deeply, speaks of the spirits of people past, present and future.”

“Sitting on a site once overwhelmed with black swans in the 1600s, Resonance pays respect to its new location and its century old changing landscape,” Mayor Sue Doherty said.

“These three sculptural feathers are symbolic of the abundant bird life that once stood on these shores but more deeply, speaks of the spirits of people past, present and future.”



The central spines of the artwork reveal anecdotes and memories of local Nyungar families and the first recollections of early explorers de Vlamingh and James Stirling. The feathers speak of a time in the 1940s when the land was used by the grazing dairy cattle and the resourceful migrant Chinese market gardeners who once supplied the local community of South Perth with the fruit of their crops.

Traditionally a ceramic artist, Resonance takes Ms Shelsher’s practice to new heights, revealing new form and medium whilst examining the theme of our human need to connect with nature.