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Creative Program at Anzac Station

'Watercolour herbarium' by Caitlin Klooger, 2019

Artist statement

“Inspired by the huge range of botanical specimens at the Herbarium, I started painting watercolours of a variety of the plants as well as others found around the botanic gardens site. True to my love of Australian flora I focused on native plants with a few Australian birds and butterflies added to the mix.”

About the artist

Caitlin Klooger is one half of Melbourne textile studio Ink & Spindle.

Inspired by the Australian landscape, Ink & Spindle are passionate about creating textiles that have minimal impact on the earth.

Instagram: @inkandspindle_

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Domain Road Pop-Up Park

Domain Road pop-up park is a trial initiative to enhance the local area and bring residents, businesses and visitors together to eat, relax and enjoy enhanced green spaces.

Informed by a program of community consultation, the temporary design will be linear and includes wooden decking, more outdoor seating and more plants. The design is roughly the size of nine car spaces along a number of shop fronts on Domain Road. An engagement report is available here.

The build will occur offsite to minimise disruption and will be installed in late 2019.

While the parks are in use, we will run an online engagement so people can share their views and ideas.

The Domain Road pop-up park and nearby Albert Road pop-up park are being delivered by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program as part of a range of temporary creative initiatives to help offset the disruption across the project’s worksites.

Artist Impression

Concept image of a pop-up park on Domain Road

Botanica Apartment Pedestrian Gantries by Alice Lindstrom, 2019

In February 2019, Melbourne based illustrator Alice Lindstrom was commissioned to create two concept designs to be installed in the pedestrian gantries outside 400 St Kilda Road. Residents of the Botanica Apartments selected their preferred design which was installed in March 2019.

Artist statement

"Using the aesthetic of the Botanica Apartments and the character of the location as my starting point, I created an image that provides a sense of fluidity and movement to residents and passers-by. The imagery references the interior architecture of the Botanica Apartments, the Melbourne Botanic Gardens and St Kilda beach. I used an illustrative, mid-century style to allude to the surrounding landscape and native flora as well as depicting stylised snapshots of urban life."

About the artist

Alice Lindstrom is a Melbourne based illustrator who works primarily in collage, using cut and paste techniques to create layered illustrations. Previous clients include Penguin Random House New York, Harper Collins, Soho House London, The Victorian Women’s Trust, T2 and ABC Radio National.


Instagram: @alicemlindstrom

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Albert Road Reserve Pop-Up Park

Consultation on the Albert Road Reserve pop-up park was held in February 2019. Thank you to everyone who participated in this engagement.

The majority of the feedback was in favour of implementing the pop-up park which is anticipated to be installed in early 2020. An engagement report is available (PDF, 6.6 MB).

The temporary park's design is informed by community consultation and will have timber decking, more seating and planting to improve the aesthetic and amenity of the reserve.

Artist impressions

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The Albert Road Reserve Pop-Up park will be funded as part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program. The Creative Program will ensure ongoing care and maintenance of the park while it is active. Any events or programming in the park will be managed by the Creative Program. We will also continue to reach out to local businesses and residents to see what programming they would like to see in the park.

It’s possible that more space at Albert Road Reserve may become available during the construction period. If this is the case, the Creative Program will look to extend the Pop-Up park. The community will be informed and consulted prior to this occurring.

The Albert Road Reserve Pop-Up park has been designed to fit in the existing space in the reserve and will not take over any carparks.

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program will only operate during the period of tunnel and station construction, as such the park will only be available for this period.

The Creative Program will also ensure ongoing care and maintenance of the park while it is active.

As with any public space it can be difficult to enforce rules on legal behaviour, however the space has been designed to encourage a respite to enhance liveability.

St Kilda Road Pedestrian Gantries by Esther Stewart, 2018

In August 2018, Melbourne artist Esther Stewart was commissioned to create a bold geometric design for pedestrian gantries located outside 390 St Kilda Road, near the Anzac Station construction site.

The gantries, an essential part of construction works for the new underground station, have been transformed into a vibrant work of art that reflects Stewart's interest in architecture, design and geometry.

About the artist

Stewart's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs, and is held in major collections including the Heide Museum of Modern Art.

In 2014, Stewart collaborated with Italian fashion designer Valentino on his Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 menswear collection, and in 2016, was the winner of the Sir John Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney.

Read our interview with Esther Stewart here.

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