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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_

Note: This artwork is also on display at Peppercorn Lawn, next to St Kilda Road opposite Arts Centre Melbourne.

Domain Road Pop-up Park

The Domain Road Pop-up Park has been designed 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 includes wooden decking, more outdoor seating and more plants. The initial design is roughly the size of five car spaces along a number of shop fronts on Domain Road.

A copy of the original engagement report is available.

From the park’s implementation in December until April 17, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program has run continuous engagement online and in hard copy to find out how people use the park to help decide on its future.

A copy of the post-trial engagement report is available.

Pop up park


The purpose of the park is to enhance Domain Road and support local businesses, residents and visitors.

The design has been informed by a program of community and stakeholder consultation and will include more seating and plants.

The park is being delivered by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.

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

Local businesses that extend their outdoor dining into the park will be responsible for the daily setting up and packing away of any loose furniture in the park.

The park is a trial initiative and will remain in place for five months.

We will assess the future of the park including being informed by feedback from businesses, community and stakeholders.

The park temporarily takes up five car spaces along Domain Road. Parking remains in the following places:

  • Domain Road (Eastbound)
  • Domain Road (Westbound before Park Street)
  • Domain Road (Westbound after 157-159 Domain Road, towards Millswyn Street)
  • Park Street
  • Birdwood Avenue

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

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 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


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.

Once installed, the Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park is anticipated to operate for up to two years.

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.