The line-wide artwork will feature across all 5 new underground stations – Arden, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.
About the artwork
Celebrated Victorian First Nations artist, Maree Clarke, has created Tracks – a line-wide artwork that spans all 5 stations. Clarke’s artwork showcases native fauna found across the traditional lands and waters of the 5 Kulin Nation clans – Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung, Taungurung, Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung, and Bunurong / Boonwurrung. Maree’s artwork comprises large scale floor mosaics created from coloured granite. The granite was cut using a waterjet, with each piece finished and assembled by hand. There will be a total of 35 footprints featured across the 5 station platforms.
The footprints at each station have been chosen by the artist from native animals (living and extinct) found in the different natural habitats across Kulin Nation Country, which includes Greater Melbourne and parts of south-central Victoria.
Arden Station will feature footprints of forest-dwelling animals which may be or were once found on Wadawurrung Country, such as the quoll, the eastern pigmy possum and the koala. Anzac Station showcases footprints of animals found in coastal environments on Bunurong / Boonwurrung Country, including the fur seal and fairy penguin.
About the artist
Renowned artist Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung woman who grew up in Mildura and now lives in Melbourne. Her work connects the past with the present – telling stories of Aboriginal people, their connections to Country and cultural practices that extend back more than 60,000 years.