A glimpse into Chelsea’s past and bright future

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Two stereoscopic boxes have been installed on the new Chelsea pedestrian bridge, offering community members a chance to peek into Chelsea’s past and future.

The stereoscopic boxes can be found on the Nepean Highway and Station Street sides of the pedestrian bridge that was officially opened in June as part of works to remove the dangerous and congested Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach level crossings.

Stereoscopic photography is when two images are brought together and slightly offset to transform them into a single three-dimensional picture with artist David Burrows realising the 3D conversion.

The Station Street stereoscopic box shows a black and white image of the old Chelsea Station in the 1920s to represent the area’s European history.

On the opposite side of the bridge, the Nepean Highway stereoscopic box features the artwork Feathers which is a contemporary perspective on Chelsea by Bunurong artist Adam Magennis.

The stereoscopic boxes are lit from within, mounted on strong zinc plated steel stands and fixed to the ground to ensure they can be enjoyed by locals for years to come.

We removed the five dangerous and congested level crossings at Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach in November 2021 by lowering the Frankston rail line into a trench and under local roads, as well as building three new stations.

The works also included building a new 11km walking and cycling path connecting Edithvale to Frankston — that links up to the new Chelsea pedestrian bridge — for commuters, joggers, walkers and cyclists to enjoy.

By the middle of 2022, crews will install a stunning new public artwork next to the pedestrian bridge.

Artist James Tapscott’s work Pluma will comprise a total of 10 blades of grass and is a sculptural interpretation of the grasses found growing along the sand dunes at Chelsea Beach. The artwork is in two parts, which will be placed on either side of the pedestrian bridge.

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