Wander Melbourne's city streets and intimate laneways to find inspiring works of art in surprising places. Here is a selection of what you might find.
Architectural Fragment - Petrus Spronk
Corner Swanston and La Trobe streets
Emerging from the pavement outside one of the city’s oldest institutions, ‘Architectural Fragment’ looks like a fallen classical monument, or forgotten corner of the State Library, sunken into its urban environment. The sculpture serves as a reminder to the city’s past and alludes to the transient nature of the present.
Public Purse - Simon Perry
Bourke Street Mall
‘Public Purse’ is one of the city’s most unique and distinctive forms of street seating. Appearing as if it is nothing more than an oversized dropped purse, the sculpture perfectly reflects its bustling retail district surrounds.
Vault – Ron Robertson-Swann
Corner Dodds and Grant streets
[photo by Loius Porter]
Originally installed in the city square during the early 1980s, ‘Vault’, or ‘Yellow Peril’ as it was more commonly known, divided public opinion when it was first unveiled. While lauded as a bold, simple and grand sculpture, Vault was soon moved from its central city location to Batman Park and from there to its now permanent home outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
Three Businessmen – Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn
Corner Swanston and Bourke streets
Officially named the ‘Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle’, this whimsical, life-sized sculpture pays homage to Melbourne’s three pioneers, returning them to the city’s streets as pedestrians observing Melbourne’s development throughout time.