Rutter Park mystery solved

Published on 12 January 2017

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The mystery surrounding the origins of the Rutter Park limestone sculpture has been solved by father-daughter team, Trevor and Jodie Greenhouse.

After seeing a post on popular Facebook page 'Lost Perth' the Greenhouses came forward to identify the piece to the be work of American sculptor, Mark Le Buse.

Mr Le Buse who lived in Perth from 1975 to 1984 crafted an estimated 48 limestone sculptures during his time in WA, most notably a collection at the old Atlantis Marine Park in Two Rocks - many of which remain there today.

The Rutter Park piece was created for the 1978 Festival of Perth and was known by locals as the 'hand of eternity' although never officially named. The sculpture was originally placed at the corner of Pier and Hay streets, before relocating to a grassed area near the Law Chambers. It eventually ended up at the old City of Perth nursery site on Salvado Road, from where it was salvaged to take centre stage at the recently refurbished Rutter Park.

The Greenhouse family has taken a keen interest in locating all of Mark's work since picnicking near the old Atlantis site nearly six years ago. To date they have found 43 of his Perth works and would love to find the last five.

If you have any memories or photographs of Mark Le Buse sculptures you could like to share, or if you'd like to help track down the remaining pieces Trevor and Jodie would love to hear from you.

They can be contacted at jodie.greenhouse@yahoo.com.au