Public artworks have made metro stations must-see destinations in world cities such as London, Naples and Stockholm.
As Australia's cultural capital, where the creative industries contribute billions of dollars to the Victorian economy every year, it is fitting that we take the opportunity to include world-class art in Melbourne's new metro stations.
The western tunnel entrance artwork is being installed on a 300m long flood wall adjacent JJ Holland Park. The flood wall is a necessary safety feature given the proximity of the tunnel entrance to the Maribyrnong River.
The eastern tunnel entrance artwork will be installed in the South Yarra Siding Reserve as part of overall plans to reinstate and enhance the reserve following Metro Tunnel construction.
The line-wide artist is working with the station architects and consulting with Traditional Owners to create an artwork that will be embedded within the architectural fabric of each of the 5 stations at platform level.
At Arden Station, the artwork will be located on the eastern façade of the station building, adjacent Laurens Street. The artist will work at an architectural scale to create a landmark artwork for the new precinct.
For Parkville Station, the artwork will be located in the public concourse under Grattan Street. The artist will engage with the biophilic design of the station and the themes of medicine, bioscience and wellbeing, which are particularly relevant to the Parkville precinct.
At State Library Station, a glazed wall at the main entrance on the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets will allow the artist to work at an architectural scale with glass and light. The artwork will be a vibrant feature for one of Melbourne’s primary public spaces.
At Town Hall Station, the large, vaulted public concourse under City Square will host a large-scale elevated artwork. The artwork will be an important cultural marker viewed by thousands of commuters who will pass through Town Hall Station daily.
For Anzac Station, the artwork will be located in the underground concourse connecting Albert Road Reserve and the Shrine Reserve. The artist will consider the surrounding parkland and ceremonial setting of the station and may choose to work with themes relevant to the Anzac precinct.
The line-wide commission will be one artwork which spans all 5 stations and will be created by renowned Victorian First Nations artist Maree Clarke. The artwork will be embedded within the architectural fabric of each of the 5 stations at platform level.
Maree will work with Melbourne’s Traditional Owners to explore Indigenous narratives and stories that reflect the local character of each of the station precincts, but also speak to the experience of journey and travel across Melbourne.
The 5 artists selected to create permanent artworks for the five 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.