This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Image – James HH Morgan

Stephen Baker's Art Tram Hits The Streets

Sally Tabart
10th October, 2018

Local legend Stephen Baker sends off his custom-designed Art Tram for its tour of Melbourne!

There is perhaps no more iconic visual symbol to Melbourne than our trams, and no greater honour for an artist than seeing your work featured on one!

Testament to the city’s long-standing history of nurturing creativity and the arts, between the years of 1978-1993 the Transporting Art program featured the works of significant local artists like Mirka Mora and Howard Arkley proudly emblazoned on the classic W-Class trams. Thanks to the Melbourne Festival, this incredible public art project tradition was reintroduced in 2013, with the works of eight acclaimed and emerging artists wrapping our new generation trams for several months.

Local legend Stephen Baker is one of this year’s featured artists, lending his signature minimal, graphic style to trams on the 57, 58, 59 and 82 routes. ‘I’ve tried to capture the cultural diversity I see in Melbourne’, Stephen explains of the ethos behind his design, ‘everyone has their own identity and individual piece they bring to Melbourne…I wanted everyone to be able to see themselves in the artwork’.

On having the opportunity to see his works roll around Melbourne, Stephen went on to say, ‘I feel connected to my city a little more knowing that my artwork is attached to something so defining for Melbourne, and proud to see an investment in the arts here in Melbourne with events like the Melbourne International Arts Festival.’ Amidst news of the Sydney Opera House being used as ‘the biggest billboard‘ in the city, we must admit we’re feeling a pang of Melbourne pride right now!

Alongside Stephen, the 2018 Melbourne Art Trams artists are designs by street artist Oli Ruskidd; Gunditjmara woman Hayley Millar-Baker; academic, educator and game designer Troy Innocent; year nine school student Valerie Tang; cartoonist Oslo Davis; the artist behind Richmond’s famed Tiger Legend Nick Howson mural, as well as the revival of the late artist David Larwill’s design, first featured in 1986 for the United Nations International Year of Peace. Keep your eyes peeled for the new look trams – you might just be boarding a piece of public art on your daily commute!

Check out this short documentary of Stephen Baker behind-the-scenes of his Art Tram launch!

Sally Tabart
10th October, 2018

This Week

Architecture

A Modernist-Inspired Seaside Home

This adaptable, Victorian seaside home designed by Nest Architects and Placement blurs the line between modernism and contemporary design. ...

News

Delicious New Bed Linen From A Local Fave

Melbourne-based bed linen stars, The Sheet Society, launches a moody new winter range ripe for mixing + matching.
Sponsored

Interiors

A Glam ’60s-Inspired Makeover For A Drab Suburban Home

Kaiko Design transform a forgettable suburban space into a ritzy family residence, with big personality!

Gardens

A WOW-Factor 'Secret Garden' In Blairgowrie

Ian Barker Gardens creates a private outdoor sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula.

Homes

A Remarkable Family Home Transformation

Maddie and Mike Witter transformed a mould-ridden, dilapidated house into a bright and breezy family home for six!

Interiors

A Before-And-After Interior Renovation That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

AMA Studio Interiors transforms a rustic, wood-panelled cottage on the NSW Central Coast into dreamy family retreat.

On The Market

A Light + Bright Beachside Home Hits The Market

This property in Sunrise Beach, Noosa is a full time home that feels like a holiday home - and it’s ready for new inhabitants!
02:27

Travel

A Perfect Day in Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges, With Paul Bangay

Lucy joins legendary landscape designer Paul Bangay for a dreamy day trip in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, capturing the best that the

Architecture

A 90m² Inner-Suburban Block Turned Multipurpose Family Home!

MRTN Architects have designed family home, office, and granny flat on a mere 90m² Brunswick East block!
51:47

Podcast

Country Road’s Managing Director On The Stickiness Of Sustainable Fashion, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, Elle Roseby talks leading one of the country’s most iconic brands through a new age in the fashion industry....

TDF Design Awards

The Most Fabulous New Furniture Designs In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021

There is no shortage of innovation and inspiration from the Furniture Design finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards this year!

Interiors

A Joyful Home, Full Of Whimsy + Glamour

Scalloped edges and vibrant colours have elevated this Sydney terrace by Arent&Pyke.

News

An Online Super Store + Subscription Service For All-Natural Goodies

GoodnessMe carries over 3,000 products from snacks to ready-made meals – with samples delivered to your door every month!
Sponsored

Interiors

11 Mirrors That Are Having A Moment!

Lauren Li's edit of her favourite mirrors out there right now, to take your space to the next level!
Lauren Li

Architecture

A New Zealand Villa Built For Hosting

Architecture firm Maud creates a home for a family of hospitality professionals, built around a generous kitchen, outdoor room + pétanque g...

A month of TDF News. Keeping you up to date on art & cultural events, exhibitions, and other creative happenings across Australia.

NATIONAL

Delicious New Bed Linen From A Local Fave

Melbourne-based bed linen stars, The Sheet Society, launches a moody new winter range ripe for mixing + matching.
Sponsored

News

An Online Super Store + Subscription Service For All-Natural Goodies

GoodnessMe carries over 3,000 products from snacks to ready-made meals – with samples delivered to your door every month!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Get Luxe Designer Furniture For Up To 15% Off!

Designer furniture retailer DOMO is discounting in-stock and custom items from HC28 + HC28 Cosmopolitan.
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Shop These Plush Woollen Rugs And Get A Special TDF Discount!

Carpet Court’s customisable rug range is made with 100% New Zealand wool and can be cut to suit the size, shape and colour of your interio...
Sponsored

News

The TDF ‘ALL THE THINGS’ 500k Giveaway!

Help us celebrate half a million (!) Insta followers with epic prize packs for three lucky readers! 

VIC

Let's Save Melbourne’s Nicholas Building!

Tenants in the iconic art deco landmark have launched a petition to protect the newly for-sale creative precinct from developers.

NATIONAL

Sleep Easy On This Affordable, Eco-Friendly Bedding

How do you sleep at night?! On a non-toxic latex mattress covered in sustainable cotton by Peacelily – that’s how!
Sponsored

NATIONAL

Support The Lighthouse Foundation And Get A Digital Artwork By Ken Done And Cassie Byrnes

Jazz up your tech background with downloadable artworks from two iconic artists in exchange for a donation in support of young people experi...

NATIONAL

Feast Your Eyes On This Colourful New Interiors Book

‘VIVID’ by Julia Green + Armelle Habib goes big on advice and inspo for creating the perfect colourful interior.

NATIONAL

Shapely Vases From Two So-Hot-Right-Now Young Creatives!

Florist Hattie Molloy and furniture designer Nicole Lawrence launch two-tone, powder-coated aluminium vases.

VIC

Beci Orpin + Lamington Drive = Cute Weekend Activity!

‘The Shape of Thought’ exhibition explores the inner workings and creative processes of a legendary artistic mind.

NATIONAL

Furniture Fit For A Celeb!

Online furniture and homewares retailer BROSA has partnered with media personality Anna Heinrich as their 2021 ambassador.
Sponsored

This Week

Architecture

A New Zealand Villa Built For Hosting

Architecture firm Maud creates a home for a family of hospitality professionals, built around a generous kitchen, outdoor room + pétanque g...
02:27

Travel

A Perfect Day in Daylesford & The Macedon Ranges, With Paul Bangay

Lucy joins legendary landscape designer Paul Bangay for a dreamy day trip in Daylesford and the Macedon Ranges, capturing the best that the

Architecture

A Modernist-Inspired Seaside Home

This adaptable, Victorian seaside home designed by Nest Architects and Placement blurs the line between modernism and contemporary design. ...

Interiors

A Glam ’60s-Inspired Makeover For A Drab Suburban Home

Kaiko Design transform a forgettable suburban space into a ritzy family residence, with big personality!

On The Market

A Light + Bright Beachside Home Hits The Market

This property in Sunrise Beach, Noosa is a full time home that feels like a holiday home - and it’s ready for new inhabitants!

Interiors

11 Mirrors That Are Having A Moment!

Lauren Li's edit of her favourite mirrors out there right now, to take your space to the next level!
Lauren Li

Interiors

A Joyful Home, Full Of Whimsy + Glamour

Scalloped edges and vibrant colours have elevated this Sydney terrace by Arent&Pyke.

News

Delicious New Bed Linen From A Local Fave

Melbourne-based bed linen stars, The Sheet Society, launches a moody new winter range ripe for mixing + matching.
Sponsored

Interiors

A Before-And-After Interior Renovation That’ll Knock Your Socks Off!

AMA Studio Interiors transforms a rustic, wood-panelled cottage on the NSW Central Coast into dreamy family retreat.

Homes

A Remarkable Family Home Transformation

Maddie and Mike Witter transformed a mould-ridden, dilapidated house into a bright and breezy family home for six!

News

An Online Super Store + Subscription Service For All-Natural Goodies

GoodnessMe carries over 3,000 products from snacks to ready-made meals – with samples delivered to your door every month!
Sponsored

Gardens

A WOW-Factor 'Secret Garden' In Blairgowrie

Ian Barker Gardens creates a private outdoor sanctuary on the Mornington Peninsula.

Architecture

A 90m² Inner-Suburban Block Turned Multipurpose Family Home!

MRTN Architects have designed family home, office, and granny flat on a mere 90m² Brunswick East block!

TDF Design Awards

The Most Fabulous New Furniture Designs In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards 2021

There is no shortage of innovation and inspiration from the Furniture Design finalists In The TDF + Laminex Design Awards this year!
51:47

Podcast

Country Road’s Managing Director On The Stickiness Of Sustainable Fashion, On TDF Talks

In this podcast conversation, Elle Roseby talks leading one of the country’s most iconic brands through a new age in the fashion industry....
CONNECT WITH TDF

The Design Files acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files – we would love to hear from you.

Please email us here.