The future of the mysterious ‘brick man’ figure that appeared at the Ascot Kilns site is in jeopardy after the City of Belmont declared it wouldn’t be responsible for the ‘illegal’ structure.

It comes after huge support for its retention as public art.

The Bunch weighed-in on the issue on Tuesday, hit play to listen in…

Cr George Sekulla has called on the City to write to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti and the director general of the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage regarding its preservation, that locals and ratepayers have passionately expressed a desire for the statue to remain.

“The statue has contributed to highlighting the significance of the site to the history of the City of Belmont,” he said.

“If removed and placed in storage, the statue will be forgotten and no longer a significant talking point for residents and visitors.”

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A report from the City has straight-up labelled ‘brick man’ illegal.

“The City has very limited information about the identity(s) of the creator and installer, their professional artistic background and qualifications, and how the statue was designed and installed,” the report said.

“Notwithstanding whether the statue can be classified as a public artwork, no statutory planning or building approvals were sought for the statue.

“Without the necessary statutory approvals, the statue is in breach of legislation.

Brick man appeared just before Christmas 2020, four months before the WA government committed funding to restore and conserve the Heritage listed Ascot Kilns, the largest known collection of beehive kilns remaining in Australia.

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In March, Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe implored the government to include it in the $6 million conservation project, nodding to the fact he was already a hit on Instagram.

“Given the circumstances, the quality and the subject of the piece, the statue has already become part of the story of the historic site and this is likely to be reflected in the conservation project,” she wrote.

No one knows how the 2.5m figure got there or who the artist is.

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