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Subway Tunnel Art Celebrates Victorian Railway History


A collection of historic railway images – some dating back nearly 150 years – will be displayed in Melbourne’s CBD as part of a Metro Tunnel exhibition to celebrate Victoria’s transport history.

Transport Victoria features images from 1875 to the mid-1950s, capturing the spirit of the times, as well as a glimpse of the railway infrastructure of the time.

The images, which are on the site of the future State Library Station, will be displayed on the building hoarding on Franklin St opposite Melbourne City Baths until January 2023.

This is just one of the projects from the creative program on display in the CBD right now.

In Scott Alley, near the site of the future City Hall station, Jane Fitzgerald’s The Glory of Age is on view until the end of November.

Fitzgerald created a stunning portrait of her mother after she was selected from the Creative Program artist pool to create a new work on the theme of ‘aging’.

“Too often, we associate age with regression. Yet playfulness, youth and dynamism remain indispensable threads in the fabric of a life,” Ms. Fitzgerald said.

“The piece is a bold, youthful challenge to age, as expressed through the wise and matured character of my 78-year-old mother.”

A rolling door in popular Degraves Street now houses Dancing in the Street (2022)a work by Collingwood-based botanical illustrator, painter and installation artist Manda Lane.

“This mural is inspired by sunny memories of buying waratahs from local florists and strolling the lanes on warm spring afternoons en route to the train station after work,” Ms Lane said.

Elsewhere, the work of Erik Yvon MB Free (creole for “Be You”) – created in partnership with Christopher Alexander, Jamie Azzopardi, Kiah Crowder-Wyett, Akashi Zari Lee, Osamu Miyagi, Radam Ridwan, Laura Du Ve and Christian Wilkins – celebrates queer identity as part of Melbourne Fashion Week and will be on display in City Square until mid-November.

Visual and performance duo The Huxleys will bring Christmas Glitz to City Square with As Camp like Christmas, celebrating the glory and beauty of Australian flora and fauna – on display from mid-November.

To finish, Flock off, school is out celebrates RMIT’s cohort of Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) students and their response to returning to campus after two years of distance learning, inspired by Melbourne’s unique environment.

Their bird and fish themed images will be installed on the east shed on Franklin Street in early December. •