A local, national and international search is underway for artists, painters and sculptors to create permanent public art for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel stations.
Six large-scale artworkswill be commissioned. Five works will be featured in the new stations at North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac,with one online-wide commission.
The iconic artworks, complementing the architectural design of the stations, will become Melbourne landmarks.
Commissions for Parkville, Town Hall and Anzac stations will be via invitation. However, artists can make expressions of interest to create permanent art for the new North Melbourne Station on Arden Street, State Library Station at the northern end of Swanston Street.
The online-wide commission, spanningall five stations, will be an artwork created by an Aboriginal artist, to be selected via a call to the Indigenous art communityfor expressions of interest.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley said, “The Metro Tunnel Project will not only transform our rail network, but also help shape Melbourne’s social, cultural and economic future, supporting the city’s growth for decades to come.”
Each piece of permanent art will have distinct links to the area’s character and heritage.
For example, Parkville Station’s theme will relate to the precinct’s focus on science, research, medicine and health. Anzac Station’s legacy piece will have a connection to “memory and parkland”, because it is near the Shrine of Remembrance and Royal Botanic Gardens.
The temporary program is livening up major worksites and surrounding areas with artworks and innovative treatments on hoardings, while performances and events around the sites will also take place in the future.
More information is available at www.metrotunnel.vic.gov.au