ASPECT collaborates with artist Jon Tarry to realise vision for water sculpture at Yagan Square

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Yagan Square in Perth is now under construction, designed by Lyons, Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects and ASPECT Studios.


One of Perth’s most exciting redevelopments, Yagan Square will provide a public space to meet, play, eat and shop, forming a vital link from the CBD to Northbridge. This cultural and civic destination is designed to be inclusive, welcoming and active – a space that embodies all of the characteristics of the local area, Perth and Western Australia more broadly.

A large-scale water sculpture forms the centrepiece of Yagan Square, a collaboration between multi-disciplinary artist Jon Tarry, and ASPECT Studios. The artwork consists of a series of interconnected stone elements, approximately 190 metres long that descend from the upper levels of the square to the mall below.


The design process has provided ASPECT Studios with the opportunity to test new avenues of design collaboration and documentation through BIM and 3D modelling for design, construction and fabrication.


The water feature includes a number of integrated sculptural art elements set in carved stone paving, modelled using Rhino 3D and documented for construction in Revit.


The use of digital 3D documentation on Yagan Square enabled a seamless collaboration process with water feature artist Jon Tarry and the engineering design team from concept right through to documentation phases. The digital model was provided for information to the lead contractor and stone suppliers.


The stone was quarried in Western Australian and shipped to Indonesia for hand carving. Approximately 170m2 of custom carved stone will be installed.



Designing with Jon Tarry (Artist) through rhino model


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Choosing the stone in Bruce Rock, Western Australia


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Hand carved in Indonesia, block by block



Blocks assembled and approved before shipping back to Perth


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Artist inspection of installation


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Close up of final stone work installed


Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Western Australia
ASPECT Studios, Lyons (architects), iredale pedersen hook architects, Aurecon, Waterforms International, WSP, Artists – Jon Tarry, Sharon Egan, Paul Carter, Helen Smith, Jeremy Kirwin Ward and Shaun Gladwell


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