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A rainbow of sea containers

Two businesses in Midvale helped an artist create a rainbow of sea containers and the industrial spectacle tips the scales at 66 tones and makes a bold entry statement to Fremantle. 

The $145,000 public artwork, entitled Rainbow, was built from nine sea containers and it is the biggest and most expensive art piece commissioned by the City of Fremantle.

The artwork is the brainchild of Perth artist Marcus Canning who is the director of the Perth Fringe Festival.

Cranes helped to put the nine metre high sculpture, together at Beach Reserve next to Canning Highway on Friday August 12 and it now overlooks the port and Swan River.

In a blog post, Mr Canning said he was commissioned a while back to create a public artwork that would stand as a new monumental entry statement to the City of Fremantle.

Mr Canning said the nine custom coloured intermodal shipping containers joined together to make a 10m high rainbow arch would be a spectacle to behold

Midvale based businesses CME Boilermaking and True Blue Containers helped Canning tackle the rainbow’s engineering and building challenges.

True Blue provided and painted all of the sea containers and they partnered with CME Boilermaking who did the welding.

True Blue Containers general manager Dion Clifford said Canning approached him with the concept of the project a couple of years ago  and they were honoured to be provided the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful project.

Mr Clifford said his team paired up CME Boliermaking and he was very proud of the workmanship the two local businesses have presented for the world to see.

About Rashelle Predovnik

Rashelle has been the senior journalist at Echo News since June 2011. She was a finalist in the WA Media Awards in 2015 and 2013. In 2014 Rashelle took out the whole print category in the Deborah Kirwan Media Awards for a series of stories she wrote that has positively influenced community attitudes towards seniors. In 2013, Rashelle was a finalist in the Consumer Protection Media Awards. Before joining Echo News, Rashelle worked at WA Business News, Media Monitors, she was a freelance journalist and taught journalism units at Murdoch University.

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