This project was commissioned by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, which was developed to maintain Melbourne’s vibrancy, liveability and public engagement during the construction impacts of the Metro Tunnel Project. The Creative Program features activities and events designed and led by a team of designers, curators and place managers dedicated to enhancing city life alongside the construction of the Metro Tunnel.

A number of organisations in Melbourne’s diverse Parkville precinct have shared information about important people, teams or programs related to the area. These were turned into a collection of short stories by award-winning local writer, Sonja Dechian.

The stories were then brought to life by 4 Melbourne illustrators and are now displayed here as a public art piece around the Metro Tunnel construction site for the new Parkville Station.


About the artists

alice lindstrom

Alice Lindstrom

A Melbourne based artist who works primarily in paper collage, using hand crafted cut and paste techniques and painting to create textured and layered illustrations. Her aesthetic draws on diverse influences from mid-century illustration and design, traditional folk art along with more contemporary inspiration.

Instagram: @alicemlindstrom

mark conlan

Mark Conlan

An illustrator originally from Dublin, Ireland, currently living and working in Melbourne. His illustrations are highly stylised compositions, incorporating a vibrant colour palette with a touch of whimsy, culminating in artworks with a very distinctive character.

Instagram: @markconlan

antra svarcs

Antra Švarcs

An illustrator from Melbourne. She enjoys the challenge of distilling complex subject matter to its essence. Her images are bold and optimistic, often celebrating positive interpersonal connection and a respect for the environment. Antra combines analog and digital techniques ensuring her illustrations maintain the presence of her hand.

Instagram: @antra.svarcs

janelle barone

Janelle Barone

A Melbourne based illustrator and designer. She uses digital techniques to create colourful works inspired by comic books, ukiyo-e and documentary photography.

Instagram: @janelle.barone

Participating organisations

The stories portrayed throughout the gantry walkways around the site of what will be the new Parkville Station were supplied by the following organisations:

  • Graduate House
  • Bio 21 Institute
  • Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne
  • Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • Walter & Eliza Hall Institute
  • Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Royal Women’s Hospital
  • Ambulance Victoria
  • Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • The University of Melbourne.

About the designer

Jasmine Holmes is the graphic designer of the Parkville Storytelling Project hoarding installation. Alongside the work she creates for Cross Yarra Partnership, she runs a thriving studio specialising in branding, illustrations and murals.