A bronze statue of well loved street entertainer, Percy Button. Dressed in his trademark long tail coat and with hat by his side, a smiling Percy attracts wanted attention from passerby’s, due impart to the unusual pose, a handstand. Photographed in Perth, Western Australia, Hay Street Mall.
Inscription: Percy Button
Percy button was a local street entertainer and one of Perth’s best known faces from the 1920’s to the1950’s. Performing somersaults and handstands, Percy entertained people for a few shillings while they waited to
see films, newsreels and theatrical performances at the theatres that were
concentrated in what is now the Hay Street Mall, the Theatre Royal, the
Ambassador and His Majesty’s Theatre. Percy was reknowned for his
grubbiness and in November 1929 local newspaper, The Mirror, dressed Percy up in a long-tailed suit and ran a frontpage competition asking readers to guess the identity of the cleaned up man. The Mirror offered a guinea’s
worth of goods for the first opened letter giving the man’s name.
The newspaper later asked Percy to write the 1929 Centenary Christmas Message.
This artwork celebrates the spirit of the street.
The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor
Dr. Peter Nattress
12 October 2006
Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith.