The ‘Mermaid Sculpture’ was designed as part of the 2005 Festival of the Wind and installed in the Museum Park Lake in 2009.
The corrosion-resistant steel used to make the sculpture was donated by Larry Coyle of Smorgon Steel in Esperance, with Perth based ‘The Metal Company’ using an innovative laser cutting technique to create the mermaids.
This project was created under the supervision of Esperance based artist Kath Bowering. Kath gained a Bachelor of Education, Majoring in Art and Minoring in Drama in 1991 and commenced teaching in 1992, and taught art and drama at Esperance Senior High School for a number of years.
Support from Esperance businesses included Smorgon Steelmark Metals (Larry Coyle), Esperance Sheet Metals, Esperance Freight Lines, Regional Crane Hire, Readymix Concrete and Davies Engineering.
The Festival of the Wind was a biannual festival held in Esperance for over two decades. The festival included live music, art projects, the taste of Esperance, featuring locally grown foods from the Esperance region, and Esperance Odyssey, which explores the hidden treasures of the town. The Festival of the Wind committee made the difficult decision to close their doors in 2018.
The sculpture is located near the lake at the Esperance Museum
This is site 83 on the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail map.