Throughout Melbourne, you’ll find eclectic public artworks by both established and emerging artists. From hidden spaces to large places, they all inject creativity, vibrancy and diversity to our urban environment.
We explored the city to give you a snapshot of recent public art installations commissioned by the City of Melbourne.
to the point where we can see nothing, everything has become clear (2013)
Andrew Atchison works across sculpture, drawing and video. His new installation is a meditation on information and media saturation in contemporary society. Located on the facade of Arts House Warehouse in North Melbourne, it’s made up of six neon colours in the words ‘to the point where we can see nothing, everything has become clear’. Find out more
Permanent vs Impermanent 2 (2013)
Multimedia artist Olaf Meyer’s second iteration of Permanent vs Impermanent further develops his clever use of video projection. Using the historic North Melbourne Town Hall as a canvas, Meyer adds shifting layers of digital ornamentation to the clocktower facade. Find out more
Unset Typologies (2012-13)
Photomedia artist Izabela Pluta is drawn to sites that appear to drift between a current and a past place such as redundant urban landscapes and dilapidated buildings.
Pluta’s Unset Typologies is a photomural banner wrapping the CitiPower Substation (corner of Spencer St and Little Bourke), depicting a transitional site where light fittings, vents and panels are suspended as a result of the building’s transformation.
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Neon Natives (2011)
Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man who recreates cultural images in a contemporary context. In Cocker Alley, off Flinders Lane, Rennie’s Neon Natives features Australian animals in brightly lit neon, evoking Australiana kitsch, are set against a diamond geometric patterned background – a cultural identifier of the Kamilaroi people. Find out more
maxims of behaviour (2008)
From dusk until late from June to September, remember to look up at the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets. You’ll see light, audio and kinetic artist Alexander Knox’s ever-changing montage of abstract images animating the surface of the 1960s building, known as Royal Mail House. Find out more