Public Art to See in Melbourne

January 18, 2012 by

Free Things To Do, Sightseeing, Travel Tips

Walk along the Yarra River from the Federation Square to see Public Art installations.

Walk along the Yarra River from the Federation Square to see Public Art installations.

Melbourne’s public art displays are part of what makes the city such an exciting and vibrant place. Take a turn down an alleyway and discover a mural worthy of the best art gallery, walk among life-size sculptures and suddenly find yourself in the center of an art installation – all this and more is an essential part of this creative city’s heart.

Things to look out for as you tour the city include:

City Lights
Stroll down Centre Place and Hosier Lane to see Melbourne’s best street art. The City Lights Project brings the city’s dark alleys and graffiti to life by illuminating them with light boxes that also feature works of local and international artists.

Yarra River Gallery
A stroll along the Yarra River from Federation Square will reveal a space that is constantly reinventing itself. From pop-up galleries to permanent exhibitions and sculptures like the Federation Bells (39 bells programmed to play several times daily), there’s always something to see.

Degraves St. Subway

The display cases in Campbell Arcade (the subway that joins Degraves Street to Flinders Street Station) are the brainchild of the Platform Artist Group. Exhibitions here change regularly and are a source of daily inspiration and sometimes amusement for the commuters who pass through here.

The Travellers

Australia is a country built by migrants. The giant steel sculptures on the Sandridge Bridge across the Yarra, represent their journey. You’ll find the bridge near the Immigration Museum on Flinders Street and the Crown Casino on Southbank.

Keep your eyes peeled for more public art in unexpected places around the city!

- Emma McMahon

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