Fremantle’s Containbow to be moved

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Fremantle’s colourful container rainbow known as “Containbow”, will be moved to accommodate the city’s new bridge project.

The Containbow is made up of nine brightly coloured and recycled shipping containers placed in an arch. The Swan River Crossings Project is a major infrastructure development for the port city.

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Fremantle’s colourful container rainbow will be moved so the port city’s new bridge project can take shape.

Marcus Canning’s Rainbow piece – colloquially known as “Containbow” – has been situated on Main Roads’ Canning Highway road reserve, overlooking the Swan River and Fremantle Port, since 2016.

But the transport agency said it now had to make way for construction on the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

“This road reserve is required for the Swan River Crossings project,” a Main Roads spokesperson told PerthNow, adding that the project will incorporate heritage, public art and other initiatives.

“Main Roads recognises that the Containbow is a popular iconic public art installation in Fremantle, which is why we are working closely with the City of Fremantle and the artist regarding its future use and location.”

It has been reported that parties including artist Canning and the City were briefed just weeks ago on potential future plans for the piece – with a new location and temporary storage considered.

Those talks have remained confidential and the City told PerthNow on Monday it was not currently in a position to comment.

The Containbow is made up of nine brightly coloured and recycled shipping containers placed in an arch. It is nine metres high, 19 metres long and weighs about 66 tonnes.

It was commissioned by the City of Fremantle and cost $145,000.

The eye-catching public art work has become one of Fremantle’s most recognisable landmarks and is particularly popular with travellers looking for that Insta-worthy snap.

Former Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt previously described it as an “iconic entry statement and so embedded into the culture of Fremantle that it’s hard to imagine it not being there”.

The Swan River Crossings Project is a major infrastructure development for the port city, with the deteriorating traffic bridge to be replaced and a new rail bridge to be constructed.

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