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Metro Tunnel

Creative Program at the eastern tunnel entrance

Artwork by Spacecraft Studio, 2018

After consultation with the community of South Yarra, a creative treatment by Melbourne design company Spacecraft Studios was installed on the jersey barrier hoardings in November 2018.

The work invites viewers to consider the rhythm of what’s around us, encouraging us to find poetry and serendipity in our everyday routines.

Artist Statement

As keen ornithologists and horticulturalists, we are encouraged by research that suggests native birds and animals might already be repopulating the spaces between the inner city and agricultural land.

About the artist

Spacecraft Studio has 3 print tables that are 7m long. The tables have a layer of felt that is protected by a layer of canvas, a ‘backing cloth’. The print tables are used to produce art, design projects and for experimentation. Over time, usually around 12 weeks, these backing cloths become so saturated with traces of art projects, print ideas and pigment that they have to be replaced.

Amongst the build-up of accumulated traces of printed ideas are chance compositions, capturing a period of time in studio history. There are hundreds of individual stories represented in the backing cloth graphic.

These fragments will encourage an evolving interaction with the work, for an audience that will encounter the artwork on a daily basis, stimulating curiosity and engagement with the artwork over a long period of time.

Read an interview with the artist, Stewart Russell.

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