Metro Tunnel project puts art in the picture

There’s still plenty of time to see the work of celebrated photographers at the Metro Tunnel project’s construction sites.

PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program have joined forces to present one of the largest outdoor public photographic exhibitions seen in Australia. 

Running until Sunday, March 7, more than 500 metres of photographic art will be displayed on construction hoardings across Melbourne, as part of the wider PHOTO 2021 program.

Works are on display at the sites of the Metro Tunnel Project’s five stations, as well as other locations in the city.

This is the first time the Metro Tunnel Creative Program has invited one festival to curate works across each of its construction sites. 

The exhibition features Maree Clarke, who has been commissioned to provide the line-wide artwork for the Metro Tunnel, and Phoebe Powell, whose Thank You photo essay was installed at Parkville last year to honour frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19.

Other featured artists include Kate Disher-Quill, Amanda Williams, James Tylor, Lillian O’Neil, Jesse Boyd-Reid and Alan Stewart from Australia, and internationally-renowned artists such as Sam Contis (USA), Kenta Cobayashi (Japan), Felicity Hammond (UK), Nico Krijno (South Africa) and Ann Shelton (New Zealand). 

All works are accessible at all hours of the day.

A day to celebrate women in infrastructure

Rail Projects Victoria (RPV) – which is delivering the Metro Tunnel project for the Victorian Government – is celebrating the diversity of its employees on March 8, International Women’s Day.

RPV is profiling some of the women whose skills and experience are a valuable asset to the project.

Among these is Dania Uctuk, who was born in Iraq, lived in Jordan, and spent part of her early career working with a Turkish construction company to build a dam between Jordan and Syria.

“I’ve worked across civil, energy, marine, infrastructure and mining industries and it’s made me appreciate the value of persistence,” she said. 

“To achieve a great result on such large projects is never about luck, it’s about hard work and believing in yourself.”

To discover more about Dania and other women of RPV, follow: Rail Projects Victoria page on LinkedIn or like the Metro Tunnel Project on Facebook.

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