WA seeking new art to replace creepy faces

West Australians are being asked to get creative to help replace one of Perth's strangest and most notorious public artworks.

The state government has launched a public survey canvassing ideas for a new installation at the Cockburn Central train station tower.

The most popular option will replace the "Faces of the Community" artwork - an installation which has turned the heads of thousands of commuters since being unveiled in 2006 alongside the Kwinana Freeway.

Created by artists Marco Marcon and Rodney Glick, the artwork featured two billboard-sized faces - one of a young boy and the other of an older woman - generated from composite images of more than 250 local residents.

The faces, often derided for their bizarre appearance, deteriorated and were taken down in October due to safety concerns.

Members of the public are being asked to choose between a new artwork, an analogue clock, digital advertising or restoring the original artwork.

The survey closes on January 2.

"Everybody always asks: 'What are those faces for? Are they people who are missing?'," local MP Francis Logan said.

"As pieces of art, the faces certainly got people talking, but perhaps not so positively.

"It's great that we now have an opportunity to put in place something that will be pleasing to the eye and practical."