Saturday, November 14th, 2015

A COAST guard down Freo way has been given a breath of fresh air – and a new lease on life.

Standing tall outside Cicerello’s Fremantle is the sculpture Coast Guard, which has been rejuvenated with bright colours after problems with rust were fixed and new concrete footings were put in place.

Renowned Fremantle sculptor Greg James – responsible for the nearby Bon Scott statue, among a plethora of others – originally created Coast Guard for Sculpture By The Sea at Bondi Beach in 2010 and Cottesloe in 2011.

It’s the signature piece of the so-called Pawn Project that explores how people perceive the chess pawn.

“About 30 years ago I started making a chess set out of bronze and aluminium, which never really went anywhere, but every so often I’d find one of the pieces,” James said.

“At one point I had the notion of what the pawn means beyond the chess set because it’s the one of least value, on the frontline, yet can be so many things.

“The pawn’s activities are primarily for the benefit of another person or entity and ­Coast Guard is a nod to those who do jobs that benefit us all.

“The sculpture is an invitation to look at where we are in the scheme of things, which isn’t necessarily what we first think.”

Built from steel and originally an ochre colour, Coast Guard is now resplendent in yellow and blue – but the new paint job has nothing to do with football.

“They are simply the colours of the Australian coast guard,” James said. “Football doesn’t come into it.”

General wear and tear necessitated the revamp of the sculpture, which has been funded by Cicerello’s.

“Originally, it was a temporary arrangement to have the statue outside the restaurant but to make it permanent, it needed protection from the elements,” Cicerello’s owner Henry Liascos said.

“It brightens up the area and people coming into Cicerello’s often take photos with it, finding it to be a talking point.

“The statue gives both Cicerello’s and the surrounding Fishing Boat Harbour area a real vibrancy and energy.”



Greg James’ Coast Guard statue outside Cicerello’s after a major refurbishment.

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Cicerello's is a unique dining experience in the heart of Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour and also Mandurah’s Peel Inlet in Western Australia

For more than 100 years the name has meant not only the best fish and chips in a great location in the heart of Australia’s largest fishing boat harbour, but also freshly-caught seafood including oysters, mussels, crabs and lobster, enjoyed with beer, wine or champagne at the water's edge.

The characteristic informal and friendly atmosphere of cicerello's, matched with live family entertainment and value-for-money is better than ever. Customers include locals, as well as national and international tourists, all taking time to peer into the big aquarium that is a special Cicerello’s feature.

Cicerello's world-class aquarium display provides an amazing experience, allowing you to explore the spectacular local marine environment, without even getting your feet wet.

With more than 22m of aquaria containing over 20,000 litres of water, our team of aquarium staff have created a “Noah’s Ark” with more than 50 species of marine life, all caught in Fremantle waters.
Henry Liascos
P: (08) 9335 1911


Cicerello's Fremantle sculpture art Greg James Fishing Boat HarbourPawn Project Sculpture By The Sea Coast Guard



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