First Contact by Laurel Nannup

First Contact is a stunning five metre high cast aluminium artwork by renowned indigenous artist, Laurel Nannup, located at Elizabeth Quay, the new Perth City riverside redevelopment. The artwork depicts the arrival of European settlers to Perth. As the European boats arrived, the local Noongar people believed that these ships were their past ancestors returning from the sea.

First Contact is part of a 1989 Western Australian State Government incentive which established a “Percent for Art” policy. One percent of the construction budget, for new public works over two million dollars, should be spent on public artwork.

"Art is something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes…the eye of the storm…an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction."
from the book In Praise of Slow – Carl Honoré