Big ideas wanted to dress up Metro Tunnel construction sites

The Metro Tunnel Project has put a call out to Melbourne’s creative industry to ensure Melbourne remains a vibrant and attractive destination during construction of Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project.

The creative program will see major worksites and surrounding areas livened up with hoarding artworks, performances and events, designed to bring the worksites to life and attract visitors to the area to support nearby businesses.

The first opportunity for Victorians to get involved in the new creative program will be via temporary artwork to be displayed on the hoarding around the Metro Tunnel’s City Square construction site from later this year.

Established and emerging Victorian artists, community groups and cultural institutions are all invited to put forward their ideas.

Local artist Beci Orpin already has works on display at the Franklin St construction site for the future State Library Station. Ms Orpin’s artwork is a large-scale print of a collage featuring papers treated with a variety of materials including inks, pastels and colour pencils and will be on display until November.

As part of the creative program, the Metro Tunnel has partnered with the Koorie Heritage Trust to sponsor a range of cultural events and activities including the Blak Design Matters exhibition and Koorie Art Show. A piece from the art show will be featured on one of the construction site hoardings later this year.

The Metro Tunnel Project has also partnered with the NGV to promote masterpieces from the current MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibition. Iconic artwork from Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and others are on show along Swanston St on the edge of the City Square construction site, encouraging people to visit the original works at the NGV located just a short walk away.

Applications to contribute to the next phase of City Square artwork close on August 10, 2018. To find out more visit

Metro Tunnel’s big dig
Victoria’s largest archaeological investigations are continuing in Melbourne’s CBD as work progresses to deliver the $11 billion Metro Tunnel. Digs are underway at the sites of the future State Library and Town Hall stations on Swanston St.

More than 50 students and 11 community volunteers have joined the team of archaeologists and heritage experts to unearth historical artefacts that reveal some of our city’s past.

Hundreds of thousands of items have been discovered so far including gold sovereign coins, 19th century dice, clay pipes, 18th century Chinese porcelain, ceramic figurines, shells and bones.

People can watch the digs in action at viewing windows at the Town Hall Station site along Swanston St near Young and Jackson Hotel and at the State Library Station site on LaTrobe St near the corner of Swanston St.

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