The Metro Tunnel Legacy Artwork Program will provide world-class public art experiences for visitors and users of the Metro Tunnel, enhancing Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital.
We are commissioning several major permanent artworks which will take pride of place across the Metro Tunnel for many years to come.
These include individual works at each of the new stations and the tunnel entrances, as well as a line-wide artwork that will span all 5 stations.
Stephen Banham has been commissioned to create a permanent artwork for the 300m long flood wall at the Metro Tunnel’s western entrance in Kensington. Learn more about Stephen’s design: One Day in Our Park.
Expressions of interest were open in 2021 for Victorian First Nations artists to develop a permanent sculptural artwork at the South Yarra Siding Reserve, next to the Metro Tunnel's eastern entrance. Details of the successful artist will be announced later in 2022.
The 5 artists selected to create permanent artworks for the new Metro Tunnel stations are Abdul Abdullah (Arden Station), Patricia Piccinini (Parkville Station), Danie Mellor (State Library Station), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Town Hall Station) and Raafat Ishak (Anzac Station). Learn more about the artists.
Renowned Victorian First Nations artist Maree Clarke is creating an artwork that will span all 5 Metro Tunnel underground stations.
Maree is working with the station architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and consulting with Traditional Owners to develop an embedded artwork that will feature across the platform levels in each of the 5 stations.