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Creative Program at Anzac Station

Domain Road Pop Up Park

In September 2018 we investigated trialling a pop-up park to enhance Domain Road and support local residents, businesses and visitors.

We engaged with local residents and businesses about whether they’d support a temporary loss of parking in order to have increased green space on their street.

The proposed park is a linear seating area with greenery the size of roughly nine parking spaces.

Results from the community engagement around pop-up parks was that the majority of residents and traders would like to see a pilot happen. An engagement report is now available (PDF, 294.8 KB).

Plans are now being made to implement the parks in Spring 2019. While the parks are in use, we will run an online engagement so people can share their views and ideas.

Concept image of a pop-up park on Domain Road

Botanica Apartment Pedestrian Gantries by Alice Lindstrom

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."

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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 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 for implementing pop-up park which should occur in the middle of 2019. Read the full engagement report here (PDF, 6.6 MB).

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

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.

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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.