New artwork coming soon to Brunswick and Coburg
03 Sep 2021
While we’re used to removing level crossings and building new stations around Melbourne, we also like unveiling artistic treasures to help leave a legacy in the communities in which we work.
As we near completion of the Bell to Moreland project, the team will install 2 pieces of public artwork along the Upfield rail line in the coming months.
In total, 4 artists were invited to submit a proposal for a major sculpture; and 4 artists submitted proposals for an art pattern to be included in the activity zone south of Moreland Road.
These proposals were assessed by a selection panel comprising representatives from the project team and Moreland City Council.
We’re pleased to announce the following artworks – Transformer by Louise Paramor and Cultural Reflections – Community Intersections by Kent Morris.
These incredible artworks will be installed in the coming months. We’ll let the community know when they’re ready to check out but in the meantime you can read below for more information.
Transformer, Louise Paramor
A little sci-fi and a little industrial, Transformer, by local artist Louise Paramor, will intrigue all who observe it. At almost seven metres tall, the sculpture uses colours reminiscent of energy and the sun; yellow and orange, which also match sections of the steel used on the elevated rail line.
Louise’s hope for the sculpture is that it becomes a ‘symbol of the life and energy of this busy precinct’.
The brickwork at the base of the sculpture is inspired by the former textile factories and the old brickworks Brunswick is famous for. This artwork will be located to the west of Moreland Station.
Artist impression only, subject to change.
Cultural Reflections – Community Intersections, Kent Morris
Paving the way in the yellow active zone will be an Indigenous ground pattern artwork by artist Kent Morris.
A Barkindji man living on Yaluk-ut Weelam Country in Melbourne, Kent’s design highlights the importance of country, connection and community.
The long sections reference clapsticks used for ceremony, while the central oval motif represents a coolamon – a multi-purpose object used for the collection and carrying of foods for the nourishing of communities.
The patterns are inspired by interconnecting kinship designs and express walking a pathway and interacting together as a community.
This artwork will be located near the basketball court and parkour areas, south of Moreland Road.
Artist impression only, subject to change