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Open House walking tours, 2019

Over Open House weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2019, Metro Tunnel opened its Parkville construction site for over 150 members of the public to access.

Over the course of the weekend, ten tour groups learned about the current construction activities including the excavation of the station box which will eventually be up to 32 metres below ground and approximately 270 metres long.

The Metro Tunnel will transform the way we travel to and from the suburbs. In Parkville, the new station connects this world-class education, health and research precinct to the rail network for the first time and includes station entrances on the doorstep of The University of Melbourne and some of Victoria's biggest hospitals.

This event was presented by the Cross Yarra Partnership and Rail Projects Victoria as part of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

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'THIS IS PUBLIC' by Open House Melbourne

In May 2019, supported by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program, Open House Melbourne launched a new bi-monthly podcast series that asks big questions about the future of our city, with a special focus on built and natural environments and the people who shape them.

‘This is public’ is hosted by Emma Telfer (Open House Executive Director) and Sally McPhee (Open House program collaborator) saw the opportunity to make more public the stories, ideas and issues that are being addressed by Open House Melbourne’s expanded program.

It was an apt fit with the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2019 theme of ‘Storytelling’ as it considers people in place, unlocks the surprising or forgotten histories of the city, and looks to Melbourne’s future.

The first episode of This is Public documented Open House Melbourne’s special Waterfront program for Melbourne Design Week 2019 and includes an interview by Paul Thomas from Rail Projects Victoria explains how the Metro Tunnel Project navigates complex tunnelling under the Yarra.

For more information and to listen visit https://www.openhousemelbourne.org/this-is-public/

'Melbourne Knowledge Week: Disrupt' by Alex Hotchin, RMIT and STREAT, 2019

DISRUPT was a storytelling project and exhibition to map the stories of Melbourne. It was a living artwork made possible by a series of creative writing workshops, and an ongoing collaboration between RMIT, STREAT and creative map maker Alex Hotchin. During the period of Melbourne Knowledge Week, passers-by saw the story map unfold with the contribution of story litter, an archive of found texts spotted and collected from our streets by STREAT, a social enterprise dedicated to helping homeless and disadvantaged young people.

Melbourne Knowledge Week is a City of Melbourne initiative encouraging people to explore ideas and take action about our future through seven days of talks, workshops, performances and celebrations.

Website:  mkw.melbourne.vic.gov.au

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Koorie Heritage Trust

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is a proud sponsor of the Koorie Heritage Trust.

At the Koorie Art Show awards this month, the winner of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D award was Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos with To cover over with possum blanket.

Manager of Architecture and Design from Rail Projects Victoria, Ewan McLean presented the award to Kelly whose work will feature on a Metro Tunnel hoarding in 2019.

Image credit: Kelly Koumalatsos (Wergaia / Wemba Wemba) Benim Wile. To cover over with possum blanket. Wergaia., 2018. print making ink on paper with linen thread. Winner of the Koorie Art Show 2018 Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award. Tiffany Garvie Photography.

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Tunnel / Vision

In November 2018, the Metro Tunnel Creative Program arranged access to construction sites so that local musician Bonnie Mercer and Sound Engineer Lisa Rae Bartolomei could record the noises of piling and excavation.

The end result was a two-hour performance as part of Melbourne Music Week held in The Cube at ACMI. The Tunnel / Vision experience started with an ambient soundscape while multi-media graphics were displayed on the walls of the room that were designed by local digital artists Sar Ruddenklau and Simon Burgin. The graphics were programmed to respond to the noise and a microphone in the room proved popular with children shouted and clapped into it in order to make the graphics on the walls change shape.

The second half of the performance featured Bonnie playing experimental rock guitar with Tom Carlyon from Melbourne band Time for Dreams.

Tunnel / Vision provided an innovative way of interpreting the Metro Tunnel project – taking the sounds and reinventing them for a new audience.

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