Western Australian theme for Stadium poem

08 September 2016
The Perth Stadium façade is the canvas for a unique poem celebrating Western Australian people from the past, present and the future.
  • Second public art installation revealed at Perth Stadium 

Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies revealed the artwork on site today, created by Curtin University Professor Kim Scott in close collaboration with members of the Whadjuk Working Party, representing the traditional landowners.

“The poem named ‘Kaya’, meaning ‘Hello’ or ‘Yes’, interweaves 11 verses of Indigenous Noongar prose with six verses of English text, etched into 68 pre-cast concrete panels that circle the podium level of the Stadium,” Ms Davies said.

“The 17 verse poem is spread around the podium level perimeter with the entire composition also featured at the eastern Stadium entrance.   

"I would like to thank Professor Scott for creating this engaging poem which recognises the convergence of cheering crowds alongside Noongar culture.

“This project is a truly Western Australian collaboration. Professor Scott’s words have been intricately etched into the panels made by Swan Valley-based sub-contractor, Delta Corporation, and more than 20 local workers were involved in the production and installation.”

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day highlighted the significant role that the Stadium and Sports Precinct would play in showcasing art alongside sport and entertainment.

“The first of the three public artworks commissioned for the stadium under the $2 million State Government Percent for Art Scheme was revealed in June,” the Minister said.

“The ‘Wandering’ wall has been installed in the north-west corner of the Sports Precinct and another installation will be revealed in coming months. Most West Australians love their sport and their art and I’m sure these works will be key features for visitors on both event and non-event days.”

Construction of the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is now more than 50 per cent complete and remains on schedule to open in time for the start of the 2018 AFL season.

Fact file

Kaya - full version

The full text of the Kaya poem