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Art on the waterfront

 
Stroll around along the banks of the Yarra river, cross its bridges and explore Melbourne's Docklands to see an array of beautiful and intriguing art by the water.

The Travellers by Nadim Karan

Sandridge Bridge, Yarra River
The Travellers by Nadim Karam
Melbourne is home to people from more than 140 countries. 'The Travellers' was created by Lebanese artist Nadim Karam, along with City of Melbourne designers, in tribute to our multicultural heritage. The work includes128 glass panels placed along the bridge, telling stories of the original Indigenous inhabitants and Melbourne’s many waves of migrants.

Ecophene by Karen Abernethy and Kiko Gianocca

Underneath Sandridge Bridge
Ecophene by Karen Abernethy and Kiko 

Gianocca
Located under Sandridge Bridge, Ecophene re-inhabits a place where the destruction of the Yarra Yarra's waterfall in 1883 had irreversible consequences for the river's ecology. Ecophene was commissioned by the City of Melbourne in 2007. Photo by Louis Porter.

Blowhole by Duncan Stemler

Docklands Park
Blowhole by Duncan Stemler
'Blowhole' is a 15-metre high wind-powered sculpture. As the wind blows through, armature and cups interact with each other to form patterns, colours and shadows. Like an anemometer on a yacht’s mast, Blowhole's various parts spin in different directions. The colourful results are dictated by the whims of the location’s prevailing winds.

Constellation by Bruce Armstrong and Geoffrey Bartlett

Yarra River, between the King and Queen street bridges
Constellation 

– Bruce Armstrong and Geoffrey Bartlett

Occupying the site of Melbourne's historic Turning Basin, five large figureheads reflect upon the ethnic and cultural diversity of those who worked in the turning basin during the early years of settlement. Admire the dragon, woman, man, bird and lion that represent this period in Melbourne’s past.

Birrarung Wilam by Vicki Couzens, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm

Birrarung Marr

Birrarung Wilam by Vicki 

Couzens, Lee Darroch, Treahna Hamm
'Birrarung Wilam' (River Camp) interprets stories from local Indigenous communities.  Two tall, intricately carved message sticks mark the site that features a textured, twisting pathway representing the eel, a traditional food of groups camped by the river. Large rocks incised with animal drawings enclose a performance space, while metal shields represent the five clans of the Kulin Nation. Photo by Greg Sims.

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