Pietro Giacomo Porcelli (30 January 1872 – 28 June 1943) was an Italian-born sculptor responsible for many statues in Western Australia, including the Explorers' Monument, and those of C. Y. O'Connor and Alexander Forrest.
Born in Bisceglie in the province of Bari, he moved to Sydney with his fisherman father at the age of 8. After initial training at the New South Wales Academy of Art, he furthered his study of sculpture and drawing in Naples, before returning to Fremantle with his father in 1898. Later that year, he completed his first commission – a bust of Sir John Forrest that now stands in the main entrance hall of Parliament House in Perth. His 1902 statue of Alexander Forrest was the first such statue of a prominent public figure to be completed in Perth. He also created the imposing figure which stood atop the seven-storey AMP Chambers at the corner of St George's Tce and William St, which was completed in 1915, but demolished in 1972.
Porcelli also completed war memorials in Kalgoorlie, Boulder, Victoria Park, West Leederville and Moora, and numerous headstones in Karrakatta and Fremantle Cemeteries, including that of Sir John Forrest in 1918.
|Sir John Forrest||bust||Parliament House (Forrest Foyer)||1898|
|Alexander Forrest||statue||Stirling Gardens, Perth||1902|
|C. Y. O'Connor||bust||Mundaring Weir||1907|
|Sir James Lee-Steere||bust||Parliament House (Lee Steere Foyer)||1909|
|C. Y. O'Connor||statue||Fremantle Harbour||1911|
|Australian Mutual Provident Society||bronze emblem||Perth (now moved to Floreat Waters)||1925|
|Frederick Henry Piesse||statue||Katanning||1916|
|Head of Christ||alto-relief marble||exterior of St Patrick's Church, Fremantle|
|Peace||bronze||Midland Railway Workshops|
|12-panel frieze||freestone||Sanctuary, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne|
- Simon Keane (1988). "Porcelli, Pietro Giacomo (1872–1943)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84437-5
- Summary Of Record Information Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Metropolitan Cemeteries Board (1998). Karrakatta Cemetery Historical Walk Trail Archived 20 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
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