HAVE newlyweds fallen out of love with the Fremantle “Wedding Wall”?
Since Notre Dame University finished its $100,000 conservation works on the heritage-listed facade in the West End, the Chook hasn’t seen any just-hitched couples posing for photos there.
The works took five months and included removing panels with decorative art from the arches, exposing the car park, graffiti and temporary fencing at the rear.
It seems newlyweds, who once flocked to the wall for photos, aren’t keen on having a Holden Barina spoil their nuptials.
An NDU spokesperson said they won’t be reinstalling the panels.
“The infill in the arches was not original,” the spokesperson said.
“The repairs have reinstated the openings of the original design and it will remain that way.
“The previous artworks were copies of paintings by John XXIII student, Julian Poon, who was commissioned in 2013 to create a series of five artworks.
“The original paintings are currently on display in the University’s Vice Chancellery.
“The conservation works have been undertaken to ensure the structural integrity and that heritage value of the wall is retained for the long term.”
With the first cruise ship of the season arriving in Freo last week, the Chook is unsure if tourists will be flocking to Cliff Street to get their photo taken at a wall that was once a photo mecca.
by STEPHEN POLLOCK
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