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King Neptune Sculpture

Author

City of Wanneroo

Place Number

17935
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Location

Pt Lot 50 Enterprise Av Two Rocks

Location Details

ALSO PART OF P17953

Local Government

Wanneroo

Region

Metropolitan

Construction Date

Constructed from 1981

Demolition Year

N/A

Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 26 Apr 2006 Category 2

Category 2

HIGH LEVEL OF PROTECTION TPS (Town Planning Scheme) High Level of protection through the Town Planning Scheme, i.e inclusion in a Heritage List prepared pursuant to Clause 5.2 of the City of Wanneroo District Planning Scheme No 2 (DPS2); provide maximum encouragement to the owner to conserve the significance of the place.

Statement of Significance

King Neptune sculpture is of historic significance representing the development of Two Rocks in
particular the Atlantis Marine Park (fmr). It is of historic value as the most prominent example of Mark
Le Buse's sculptures in Two Rocks. It has aesthetic and social significance and a landmark quality to
the local community of Two Rocks as evidenced by the Two Rocks Residents Association's interest in
the sculpture.

Physical Description

The sculpture of King Neptune faces west towards the Indian Ocean and is sited high above the
Atlantis Marine Park (fmr) entrance and is a landmark in the Two Rocks area.The scultpure is
approximately 10 metres high and was constructed over a steel framed using concrete and
limestone.There was originally a door at the base of the sculpture for internal access however in 2004
this was no longer extant.

History

The Atlantis Marine Park (fmr) site included a series of pools, aquariums, theatre, stadium, crazy golf
course, trampoline park, a playground and landscaping. A feature of the park was the 10mtre
sculpture of King Neptune which was designed by local artist Mark Le Buse. Le Buse was also
contracted to construct a number other prominent sculptures of celebrities and animals.
The opening of the park was held on 26 December 1981 and by 1982 over one million visitors went
through the gates. In 1983 Atlantis Marine Park was awarded the Sir David Tourism for Tourism and a
Marketing excellence award.
The park closed in 1990 due to less visitors and requirements of larger pools for the dolphins
therefore the place became no longer feasible.
In Roman Mythology 'Neptune' is known as the 'god of the Sea' (identified with as 'Poseidon' from
Greek Mythology). Like Poseidon, he was also the god of earthquakes and horses. Neptune is
believed to have power over the sea and seafarers and married the sea nymph Amphitrite. He is
usually shown as a bearded man holding a trident and standing in a shell chariot being drawn over the
sea by dolphins.
The Two Rocks, Yanchep Residents Association, a group which has a keen interest in local history
have particular interest in the King Neptune sculpture.

Place Type

Historic site

Uses

Epoch General Specific
Original Use OTHER Other

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other STONE Limestone
Other CONCRETE Other Concrete

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Sport, recreation & entertainment
DEMOGRAPHIC SETTLEMENT & MOBILITY Settlements

Creation Date

07 Aug 2007

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Approved

Last Update

01 Jan 2017

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