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Creative Program at Town Hall Station

'Cryptic Frequency' by Nixi Killick, 2020

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program is celebrating Melbourne Fashion Week with fashion designer Nixi Killick. You can find her bright designs at our City Square and Scott Alley construction sites.

To fully experience Cryptic Frequency, viewers are encouraged to download the Eyejack app on their iPhone or Android device to see the artwork spring to life with augmented reality technology. You will find instructions next to the artworks at City Square and Scott Alley.

Nixi has also selected some of her favourite Melbourne Music Week artists to accompany your interactive experience. You can listen to her playlist on Spotify.

A person wearing a mask walks past a brightly coloured mural.

Artist statement

“Cryptic Frequency facilitates an interactive intimacy with technology, articulating creatively engaging social experiences to change the ways we experience colour and clothing. Deciphering the concept of morphic resonance and utilising garments as wearable tools to carry our character, allow us to project our personality and connect communities!”

About the artist

NIXI KILLICK (NXK) is an innovative and contemporary hybrid, articulating alternative technologies with original artwork and a mix of vibrant streetwear balanced with sculptured, technology-infused wearable pieces. NXK is an independent, Melbourne-based fashion label with a strong commitment to unique products, ethical production and quality.

Instagram: @nixikillick

Photography by James Henry

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Metro Tunnel artwork by Marcus Lee, 2020

Marcus Lee, creative director of Marcus Lee Design, draws on a creative understanding of Indigenous art culture while applying fresh directions to evolve and develop his design work towards a modern and contemporary aesthetic.

Marcus Lee Design has evolved throughout the realm of communicating cultural diversity. This also brings with it the scope to participate within the commercial community, helping to improve the living standards of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Born and raised in Darwin, Marcus is a descendent of the Karajarri people (WA) and is proud of his Aboriginal heritage.

Artist statement

“This artwork reflects the Metro Tunnel traversing throughout the Melbourne region. The geometric, multi-coloured circular grid design interconnects, alluding to the new train tunnels and stations.

"Contemporary, linear, diamond-shaped patterns integrate through the graphic forms which reflect upon traditional Aboriginal South-Eastern Australian artistic expressions.”


Photography by Charlie Kinross

Flinders Street closure - creative wayfinding by Weekdays, 2020

Beautiful retro-style signs have been installed around the Flinders Street closure to help people navigate their way through the area, but also to support businesses as they steadily reopen.

Melbourne design agency Weekdays worked with local businesses to come up with signs that would showcase their brand, while reflecting the iconic character of Degraves Street and its surrounds.

The Flinders Street closure creative signage is nominated in the 2020 Melbourne Design Awards.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

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'Physical Distancing Koalas' by Will & Garrett Huxley, 2020

Creative duo Will & Garrett Huxley designed an engaging artwork to share an important safety message during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sparkly, life-size koalas were joined by love but at a safe physical distance of 1.5 metres. The artwork brightened up the Scott Alley laneway during a challenging time in the central city.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

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Pat Perry

Pat Perry, an internationally renowned artist known for his large-scale works across the globe, has painted a 90-metre long, over 20-metre wide mural on the rooftop of the acoustic shed erected over City Square. The shed was built as part of construction of the new Town Hall Station to ensure noise and dust is contained.

The elevated artwork pays homage to early Melbourne’s theatre history and was inspired by a visit to the Princess Theatre archives with prominent theatre owner and historian Elaine Marriner earlier this year. The design shows a theatre troupe that might have graced the stage in the late 1800s.

The artwork will be seen by office workers in surrounding buildings, as well as the many guests of the neighbouring hotel, The Westin Melbourne.

Local street-art studio Juddy Roller has worked with Pat while two Melbourne artists, Georgina Goodnow and Jason Parker, assisted with the painting.

Metro Tunnel Creative Program has also commissioned local costume designer Nick Barlow to bring the designs to life for a real theatre troupe.

Photography by Chris Shorten:

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Federation Square screens

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program has enhanced the existing digital place experience in Federation Square with the addition of two large screens integrated into the construction hoarding facing into the square. Digital totems are also installed in the hoarding, allowing useful information about project and traffic updates to be easily communicated with thousands of passers by.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

Federation Square: Taj Alexander artwork

Painter and designer Taj Alexander has been influencing the Melbourne street art scene for more than a decade. His work continues to explore aesthetic and interpersonal relationships through compositional conversations in form and texture. It can be found in both galleries and street contexts around the world.

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program commissioned Taj to complete a large-scale painted work on its Federation Square hoardings facing the East Shard. The colourful work reflects the Federation Square brand and brightens a walkway used by thousands of commuters and city visitors every day.

Read Taj's interview with the Fed Square team.

Instagram: @vividdeams

Photography by Charlie Kinross

Nicholas Building tenants by Kate Ballis, 2019

The Metro Tunnel’s City Square construction site displayed a photo essay celebrating the historic Nicholas Building and some of its talented tenants.

The building is home to a unique and diverse range of art galleries, fashion designers, artist and design studios, jewellery makers, musicians, storytellers, architects and digital innovators.

Built in 1926 and designed by Harry Norris, the Nicholas Building is one of the oldest precincts in Melbourne yet still gleams with its remarkable, grand ‘Chicago Style’ architecture.

A few original features remain, such as its mail chute which carried letters down from upper floors, as well as the beautifully preserved art deco arcade.

About the artist

The exceptional portraits were taken by Kate Ballis, a Melbourne-based fine art photographer.

Her work often explores the theme of seeing the unseen, where she creates unique, colour-drenched images using infrared technology.

Photography by Phoebe Powell

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams by Will & Garrett Huxley, 2019

Inspired to create a glamourous, surreal escape from everyday life, the Huxleys' static fashion parade brings together a colourful collection of their abstract, impractical costumes. Their work hopes to bring a sense of freedom, a sense of humour and a severe sense of style to the sidewalk.

Celebrating anonymity and subverting notions of identity, these works break the binaries concerned with gender, body and race, allowing a sense of mystery and outré visual stimulation. Paying homage to glam rock, Oskar Schlemmer and the late, great Melbourne icon Leigh Bowery, this work is the Huxleys' sequin-clad family portrait.

About the artist

The Huxleys are a colourful cataclysm of camp theatrics. A visual assault of sparkle, surrealism and silliness. Working across performance art, costume, moving and still imagery, they saturate their work with a glamorous, androgynous freedom which aims to bring some escapism and magic to everyday life.

They have exhibited artwork in installations, fashion shows, performances, exhibitions and festivals across the world including in Tokyo, London, Berlin, New York, Hong Kong and around Australia.

They have been featured in Vogue Living, Vice Magazine, Oyster Magazine, The Age, Art Collector Magazine and part of a documentary series for ABC TV.

The duo has collaborated on various art and performance concepts for Melbourne Festival, Dark Mofo, Melbourne Fashion Week, NGV, Arts House, Sydney Contemporary, Art Gallery of NSW, Melbourne Art Fair, Meredith Music Festival, Hong Kong Design Week, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, QGOMA, Art Bank, AGSA & AGWA.

The Huxleys' artwork for the Metro Tunnel Creative Program is a finalist in the 2019 Premier’s Design Awards.

YIRRAMBOI First Nations festival, 2019

The Metro Tunnel Creative Program was proud to celebrate the 2019 YIRRAMBOI First Nations festival by displaying these stunning artworks by Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman Lyn-Al Young and Boon Wurrung and Wemba Wemba woman Jarra Karalinar Steel.

Photography by James Henry


BURRAI WULA (baby emu)

By Lyn-Al Young, 2019

Artist statement

Baby emus have strong and distinct markings in their feathers, almost like the blueprint for their lives. As they grow older their markings are not visible anymore, but their purpose remains the same.

The Emu symbolically represents our nation moving forward with diligence, integrity and humility. In this piece, it is depicted as spiritually guiding us on the path to wisdom and truth.


Lyn-Al Young is a Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta fashion designer and artist living in Melbourne.

Her name, Lyn-Al, means grandmother and is a reminder of the importance of connecting back and honouring her heritage every time she starts her design process.

Realising the power of fashion and art, Lyn-Al seeks to release ‘Marrumbang’ -  love and kindness - into each design and silk painting. Using an ancient method of singing in and over each one of her creations, guided by her ancestors she follows her spiritual songline and speaks positive words into the silk, dyes and water.

Instagram: @lyn_al


By Jarra Karalinar Steel, 2019

Artist Statement

The emu eggs have a strong presence in my life, being taught by my Elders on Country, how to hunt for the eggs as a child and having memories of watching them engrave them with nature motifs. The strong contrast of the dark blue green of the shell and the lighter colour inside always sticks heavily in my memory.

Influenced by this, I use the egg as a way of self-expression to keep me connected to my Ancestors, in honour of them.

Jarra Karalinar Steel

A Boon Wurrung and Wemba Wemba woman born in Melbourne Australia, Jarra is a descendant of Louisa Briggs and Daughter of N'arweet Carolyn Briggs.

A graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts she is currently studying for a Master of Fine Arts at RMIT after spending a year in Paris refining her skills.

Jarra is a multidisciplinary artist working across different mediums from; sculpture, writing; photography, writing, drawing, painting, film making, fashion design and costumes for theatre production.

Photography by James Henry


RAILway by Peter Atkins

RAILway by renowned Melbourne artist Peter Atkins has been selected for display on the construction hoardings at City Square on Swanston Street.

The work is based on abstracted designs of suburban train tickets issued between 1920 and the late 1980s that departed from or arrived into Melbourne.

About the artist

Peter Atkins is a graduate of the National Art School, Sydney and currently lives and works in Melbourne. He has held over 40 solo exhibitions in Australia and Internationally.

Atkins’ practice centres around the appropriation and re-interpretation of ready-made abstract forms that he documents within the urban environment. This collected material becomes the direct reference source for his work, providing tangible evidence to the viewer of his relationship and experience within the landscape.

Read the artist's essay and biography for more information.

'Me In Couture' by Adele Varcoe, 2018

To celebrate Melbourne Fashion Week, Adele Varcoe's work Me In Couture was on display at the Town Hall Station construction site.

The City Square area has in previous years been a significant site for fashion week events, now hosted elsewhere nearby.

Me in Couture proposes a new kind of fashion collection that might be part of a Paris or Melbourne fashion week. It could be considered high-end, conceptual or as Haute Couture.

Varcoe is interested in the behaviour fashion evokes and the role social interaction plays in shaping our perception of dress.

The garments pictured in the work are made from plasticine, exploring ideas for future textiles that might consist of a material that can be constantly remodelled to create a new garment.

About the artist

Adele Varcoe is an Australian artist and designer creating fashion experiences exploring the social and emotional effects of fashion, dress and clothes.

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Photography by Charlie Kinross

MoMA artwork

In partnership with the National Gallery of Victoria, the hoarding at Town Hall was used to promote masterpieces from the MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibition.

Prints of the MoMA pieces including iconic artwork from Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and others were on show along Swanston Street, encouraging people to see the original works at the NGV a short walk away.

Photography by Charlie Kinross

'Crowd Stance' by Rafaella McDonald

Crowd Stance depicted an imaginary collective of bodies made up of many feet and hands, caught in a dance and lifting off the ground. The artwork uses bold colour, intuitive mark making and cartoon like images of the body in various forms of action to playfully mimic the exchange between individual subjectivity and the collective identity of a crowd.

Crowd Stance seeks to explore how the individual considers themselves within, and also separate to a crowd. What do we project onto a crowd, and in doing so, how do we shape a crowd from within?

About the artist

Rafaella is an artist living in Melbourne and works in gallery settings, public spaces, on clothing and in collaborative performance. She is interested in using colour, bodily gestures and hand-made materials to explore joy as a strategy. Rafaella has exhibited work at The National Gallery of Victoria, West Space Gallery, TCB Art Inc, The Substation and in the biennial Next Wave Festival for emerging artists.

She has painted large-scale mural commissions for the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Shepparton Art Museum and the City of Stonnington.

Crowd Stance