In 2018, Curtin University commissioned a major sculptural installation for its Perth Campus to honour the contribution and values of its namesake, John Curtin. The University sought an artwork of international significance that could convey the former prime minister’s humanity and vision, and reflect the bold, forward-thinking and inclusive university which has taken his name.
After a competitive selection process, Other Views by the prominent UK artist Walter Jack was chosen. This “straightforward, steadfast, enduring” piece perfectly embodies John Curtin’s call to great universities to “look ever forward”. Its tall, arresting windows gaze across all corners of the campus, inviting viewers to pause and contemplate the possibilities of the future.
Located near the central bus station, the sculpture is positioned to become a major attraction and a superb focal point of Curtin’s new Exchange precinct – an exciting development that will bring industry onto campus and offer exciting recreational, accommodation and retail facilities to the whole community. In this busy urban hub, Other Views will encourage the spirit and ethos of Curtin to be forever celebrated.
Other Views is also an important addition to the Curtin University Art Collection, a significant national collection which includes works by leading Western Australian, Australian and international artists. This sculpture will join the extensive body of public artworks on campus, which began 50 years ago with the commissioning of Communications by Tom Bass.