An exciting new public art precinct shining a spotlight Melbourne’s First Nations history has opened in the CBD.
Conveniently located opposite Southern Cross Station at Melbourne Quarter, the art walk showcases sculptures, artworks, installations, and even light projections from renowned Australian artists.
Melbourne Quarter developer Lendlease commissioned the artworks with the help of creative design consultancy Broached Commissions, asking the artists create pieces that recognised the site’s layered history as land of the Kulin Nation and its current place as part of the city’s urban neighbourhood.
One of the featured works is a beautiful series of hand-blown glass objects by Kokatha and Nukunu glass artist Yhonnie Scarce, who created a memorial to the murnong plant – a root vegetable that used to be harvested in this area by the Kulin Nation. There’s also a bold pattern over a rectilinear grid of commercial office windows by Stanislava Pinchuk and Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie, while fashion designer Grace Lillian-Lee’s ‘Embodied’ is a woven cloth piece in ode to Binbeal, the Kulin Nation god of the rainbow.
This meaningful celebration the inner-city’s past, present and future is a permanent installation, and is open to the public now.
Take the public art walk for yourself at Melbourne Quarter. Find out more how to get there here.