The Perth Arena
Replacing the Perth Entertainment Centre as a venue for spectacles in this city, the new Perth Arena is finally nearing completion.
After five years of delays and a cost blowout from $150 million to over half a billion dollars each of the 15,500 seats will have cost the taxpayers of Western Australia in the range of $40,000!
So, with around a month before it opens, what do we get for our massive bucks?
We get a slow explosion of expensive bad taste!
It has been a five years for the explosion to come to fruition but here it is, in all its ghastly glory. With its eyehurtingly blue entrance.
One of the workmen on the site told me my horror was uncalled for. “If we had built a rectangular block there would have been criticism for that as well.” I suggested that there is some distance between “Adventurous” and “Awful”.
Even the strange selection of letters and symbols only serve to increase my concerns. Is that a nuclear warning sign on that right hand image?
The nuclear sign should be yellow? Well, that yellow has been misplaced.
A piece of yellow public – umm - art has been installed beside the angular explosion.
In keeping with the bad taste of the construction itself, on 10th November, there will be an opening concert.
What is it about the deplorable artistic abilities of Right Wing Governments?
The headline act will, appropriately, be George Michael!