‘Invaluable advice’ provided for MSC artworks
About 150 artworks were commissioned or chosen for the Mediterranean Shipping Company's national office in Fremantle.

Published: 20/06/2017

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The refurbished Dalgety building now part of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s national office (Photo Ed Janes)

Ed Janes, who was responsible for artworks and internal furnishings in Mediterranean Shipping Company’s new national office in Fremantle, has presented Fremantle Ports with a book detailing the artworks used throughout the buildings.

Ed said Fremantle Ports’ archivist Alan Pearce had provided ‘invaluable advice’ that resulted in a number of historic photographs now displayed on the walls of the offices.

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Alan Pearce (left) of Fremantle Ports, with Ed Janes and the MSC book of artworks and photographs

The office development, completed last year, involved major restoration of the building on the corner of Cliff and Phillimore streets, known previously at various times as the Dalgety, Elders or Wilhelmsen building.

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MSC's new adjacent office building (Photo Ed Janes)

MSC also built a new adjacent office building which is modern, sustainable and technologically advanced.

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Artworks by indigenous artist Bradley Kickett commissioned for the building (Photo Ed Janes)

In all, about 150 artworks, reproductions and modern and historic photographs were commissioned or chosen for the offices.

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Office with photo of MSC ship in Fremantle Port by Bob Sommerville (Photo Ed Janes)

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Staircase with artworks (Photo Ed Janes)

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Looking from top of staircase (Photo Ed Janes)

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Boardroom with prints of artwork of Fremantle by early colonial artist (Photo Ed Janes)

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Staffroom with colourful map print (Photo Ed Janes)
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Historic photo on wall (Photo Ed Janes)

After the Fremantle Harbour opened in 1897, Dalgety and Company bought the land on Cliff Street to build an office close to the port.

Opened in 1902, the building was designed by Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs, who designed many prominent buildings in WA.

At that time, it was the largest contract for a private building in the State.

MSC was founded in 1970 by Captain Gianluigi Aponte with one second-hand general cargo vessel.

Now one of the world’s leading container shipping companies, MSC has a fleet of about 480 container vessels, plus a cruise shipping fleet.