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Creative Program at Anzac Station

Ann Shelton: an invitation to dance

Royal Botanic Gardens (near cnr Albert and Domain roads), February 2021 to present

Photographic artworks of floral bouquets, emanating smoke, on bright, warm backgrounds

About the artwork

Radical. Courtesan. Legend. The life of Lola Montez transcends truth and slips into desiring myth. A radical and mercurial figure, Montez exceeded prescribed parameters of femininity and ignored limits and existing conventions controlling women’s bodies. Montez toured Australian gold rush towns during the 1850s as a performer – and was notably the first woman ever photographed smoking.

Drawing upon Montez’s own use of photography to promote her self-image, Shelton has created a new series of works. The Instagram feed @elizagilbertandlolamontez, created by the artist, allows audiences to engage with archival material relating to Montez.

an invitation to dance was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

Photography by James Henry

About the artist

Ann Shelton is an artist living in Wellington, New Zealand. Working with photography, performance, doubling, spoken, textual and printed matter, Shelton’s most recent research is manifest through plant-based photographic constructions engaging plant, gender-focused and anthropogenic narratives or histories – in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems and/or with feminisms.

Shelton's work has been shown widely internationally and throughout Aotearoa New Zealand, including a mid-career review exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in November 2016 and at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in December 2017. In 2019 Shelton presented her first solo exhibition in the USA. She is Honorary Research Fellow in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art Massey University.

Amanda Williams: The Alpine Moth

Royal Botanic Gardens (near cnr Albert and Domain roads), February 2021 to present

Photographic artworks in a park

Photography by James Henry

About the artwork

This project is inspired by resting sites of the Bogong moth (aka the Alpine moth) in Victoria’s North East Alpine Region. Due to climate change and urban development along their migration route, moth numbers have been declining drastically. Williams sees the moth’s fate as an allegory of the times we live in.

Alpine Moth was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Amanda Williams is a Sydney-based artist who works with analogue photographic techniques to examine connections between the history of photography and physical environments. Tied to explorations of place and imbued with a feminist focus, Williams’ practice takes shape through the use of 35mm, medium and large format film cameras. Where digital processes often grapple with questions around ‘the virtual’, the more traditional photographic methods employed by Williams afford her work the presence of a ‘real’ historical document.

Exhibiting extensively in galleries and spaces across Australia and New Zealand, Williams’ accolades include being a finalist in numerous awards, and receiving the $30,000 MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize awarded by Murray Art Museum Albury in 2018.

James Tylor: Economics of Minerals

Royal Botanic Gardens (near cnr Albert and Domain roads), February 2021 to present

Photography by James Henry

About the artwork

Situated along the Barrier Range in western New South Wales on Barkindji (Wiljakali) country, Broken Hill has been the site of an active mine since 1885. Once one of the largest natural deposits of lead, silver and zinc in the world, the mine is now almost depleted, the surrounding land devastated by the removal of minerals, groundwater and vegetation.

Economics of Minerals highlights the environmental impact of mining on Australia. This photographic series depicts the barren landscapes around Broken Hill, overlaid with silver geometric shapes that represent mine shafts, slag dumps and the infrastructures of mining.

Economics of Minerals was commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021.

About the artist

Born in Mildura, Victoria, visual artist James Tylor grew up in Menindee in far west New South Wale, before moving to Kununurra and Derby in the Kimberley region of Western Australia in adolescence. His work explores Australian cultural representations through the perspectives of his multicultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch and Norwegian) ancestry.

Originally trained as a carpenter in Australia and Denmark, Tylor is now a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice explores Australian environment, culture and social history. His preferred mediums include video, painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, sound, scents, food, and using both analogue and digital photographic techniques to create contemporary Daguerreotypes – and to create new representations of Australian society and history.

Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park

December 2020 to present

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has delivered a temporary pop-up park in Albert Road Reserve. Informed by community engagement, the park features timber decking, generous seating and new plantings to improve the aesthetic and amenity of the reserve.

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Have your say

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is committed to ongoing engagement about our program of activities. If you would like to provide feedback on the Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park, please fill in our online survey.

F.A.Q.

Consultation on the Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park was held in February 2019. The majority of feedback on the design of the park was positive.

An engagement report is available.

The Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park has been designed to fit in the existing space in the reserve and does not take over any car spaces.

The Albert Road Reserve Pop-up Park is anticipated to be in place for up to two years.

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program will ensure ongoing care and maintenance of the park while it is active. This includes cleaning surfaces, emptying bins, plant care and any signage required to advise of COVID-19 restrictions in public spaces.

As with any public space it can be difficult to deter these behaviours, however the space has been designed to encourage respite and to enhance liveability.

Please contact us.

Domain Road Pop-up Park

December 2019 to present

The Domain Road Pop-up Park is 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 was roughly the size of five car spaces along a number of shopfronts on Domain Road. In October 2020, the park was extended with two more modules.

Access the initial Domain Road Pop-up Park engagement report, June 2019 (PDF, 294.8 KB). Access the follow-up Domain Road Pop-up Park engagement report, May 2020 (PDF, 3.0 MB).

F.A.Q.

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

The design was informed by a program of community and stakeholder consultation and includes 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 pop-up park is currently installed in car spaces outside local businesses on 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.

'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.

Website: www.inkandspindle.com.au
Instagram: @inkandspindle_

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

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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.

Website: alicelindstrom.com

Instagram: @alicemlindstrom

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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.

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