Melbourne Art Trams are just one of the many amazing things about this city – the most liveable city in the world, btw (seven years running).
And eight new epic creations will be rolling on to the tracks this year.
- Melbourne Festival
- October 4-22
- More info here.
The new art trams will be travelling around Melbourne as part of Melbourne Festival’s visual arts program.
It’s the fifth year of the public art project, which is a revival of the Transporting Art project that ran between 1987 and 1993.
The first tram will hit the tracks on October 5 with the others soon to follow.
Check out the tram’s and their artists below:
An artist and graphic designer whose art is inspired by popular Indian street and tribal art. The inspiration for her tram design Tramjatra comes from her love for Melbourne’s trams and the unique friendship between the tram-loving communities of Kolkata (India) and Melbourne, and partnership with Melbourne trammie, Roberto D’Andrea.
A visual artist and creative producer whose work draws upon a diverse range of professional and personal experience. She uses tools of language, popular culture, humour, universal symbolism and everyday technologies to help define both place and community. The Language of Fracture is made from the repeated mirroring of an image drawn from an ongoing series of street art paintings.
An emerging artist whose design is intended to allow those on the street outside a tram to share the momentary experiences and connections of those inside. A spectrographic encoding is created using a generative algorithm which translates a video capture of the side view of the entire journey along the tram route into an abstract colour field.
An Indigenous artist who is a two-time winner of the National Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Awards: People’s Choice Award as well as the Hutchinson Scholarship: 12-month artist residency, Victorian College of the Arts. His tram design narrates the story of William Buckley, the ‘wild white man’: an escaped English convict who lived with the Wathaurong people for many years.
A renowned Australian artist who studied sculpture at the National Art School, Sydney. Beautiful Stranger is a continuation of Robert Owen’s celebrated series ‘Music for the Eyes’, inspired by jazz, movement and light. It plays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne, and extends Owen’s exploration of art’s capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour. The title comes from Melbourne’s proudly diverse multicultural population that travel and blend on the trams every day, with chance encounters between strangers.
An illustrator, artist and muralist. Specialising in large-scale murals and digital illustration, her pieces are bold, playful and almost always centred around a sense of a character. Her design explores the idea of the diverse Melbourne tram traveller along with her own travel history – she visited the ten tram stops that have played a significant part in her life in Melbourne, and photographed ten travellers that frequently use the same stops.
St Albans Heights Primary School and Community Hub
Parents from St Albans Heights Primary School in the north-west of Melbourne collectively developed the design for this artwork. In a workshop parents saw similarities in their school community to the wider Melbourne communitythat they wanted to capture— the parents come from 38 different backgrounds and most of speak a language other than English.Coloured squares were inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art which captures playfulness, diversity and inspires imagination—just like the school.
An artist from South West Victoria, inspired by the environment and people around him. His design,Lost in Melbourne is about Melbourne`s size, colours, proportions, life and the streetscapes that – for him as an artist from the country, with a mild intellectual disability and mental illness – can be both exciting and overwhelming. The major figure in the design is his friend and mentor, artist Glenn Morgan who often accompanies Warrnambool artists to inner Melbourne to experience art, culture and night life.
Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway said this year’s submissions were “truly inspiring”.
“The project is the backbone of Melbourne Festival’s free visual arts program: surprising and delighting millions of Melburnians and visitors to the city each year.”
A People’s Choice award will be announced following the release of the trams, with the public able to vote for their favourite tram.
Melbourne Art Trams is made possible through a creative partnership between Melbourne Festival, Creative Victoria and Public Transport Victoria in collaboration with Yarra Trams.