New Public Art in Port Phillip
Me and UooUoo – Royal Children's Hospital 150th anniversary
The City of Port Phillip has partnered with the Royal Children's Hospital to locate fourteen sculptures temporarily around the City to mark the 150th anniversary of The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH).
The RCH Foundation is bringing colour and creativity to the streets of Melbourne and Geelong with a spectacular public art trail. Commencing in January 2021, Me and UooUoo (pronounced you-you) will combine Victoria's renowned passion for the arts and culture with a dash of outdoor adventure, encouraging communities to reconnect with their cities and be active by visiting one hundred unique art sculptures.
Each 'UooUoo' – individually designed by an Australian artist and sponsored by a Victorian business – will be placed in laneways, streets, parks and public spaces, forming walking trails throughout Melbourne and Geelong. When the art trail finishes, the sculptures will then be auctioned to raise funds for The Royal Children's Hospital.
As a special preview of the Me and UooUoo art trail which is due to hit the streets of Melbourne and Geelong in January, six UooUoos will pop-up from 7 to 13 December 2020. St Kilda will be home to Melita Luzzu by Audrey Buttigieg Cardona located on the foreshore near St Kilda Pier.
Melita Luzzu is a nostalgic reminiscence of the artist's cultural background. The Luzzu is an iconic traditional Maltese boat. The eye on the Luzzu dates to Phoenician times and helps to ward off evil and keep the fishermen safe at sea. Melita Luzzu is a tribute to all Maltese people who always rally together for the good of the community.
Find other pop-up locations.
Ian Strange Waterlines
The long-awaited sculpture Waterlines by well-known artist Ian Strange was installed in Kirrip Park, South Melbourne during the last week of November.
Waterlines reflects the residential and industrial heritage of the Montague area and references the long and complex history of flooding and water management which has reshaped this landscape.
The work was commissioned by Wonderment Walk Victoria at a value of $300,00 and will be donated to the City of Port Phillip. Waterlines was created in collaboration with Wonderment Walk Victoria, the City of Port Phillip, Orphic, UAP, Ian Strange Studio, South Melbourne Primary School and Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.
Featuring a large pyramid-shaped section inspired by Montague house roof-peaks, Waterlines is representative of homes and communities around the world affected by global issues such as climate change. It explores this area's changing relationship to environments such as changing water tables, water management, global warming and urban flooding. The 'lines' reference the markings left on homes after waters recede, and the colouring represents the history of industry in the area.
Wonderment Walk Victoria (WWV) is a philanthropic initiative which develops and installs public art with a scientific and environmental focus across Melbourne. WWV funds the works and partners with councils and educational institutions to locate artworks and create community engagement. WWV first approached Council in 2016 and the project has now come to fruition.
Australian artist Ian Strange specialises in site-specific work that explores place and identity through architecture, space, the home and urban environment. His practice includes creating large-scale multifaceted community projects and exhibitions. He is best known for his ongoing series of suburban architectural interventions and photographic works.
Council has flagged this project with the Fishermans Bend Taskforce, and this work also links into the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions' forthcoming Water Sensitive Cities Strategy. This has been a whole of Council project with input from teams all across the organisation.
A launch event will be held in February 2021.
Waterlines image gallery
Discover public art in the City of Port Phillip
To view our permanent public art collection, visit the Port Phillip City Collection database and search keywords 'public art'.
A collection of photos of street art, developer art and ephemeral (temporary) art commissioned by the City of Port Phillip can be found in our Port Phillip Flickr image gallery, under the 'Photostream' tab.
You can also watch videos of the creation of public art on the Port Phillip Street Art playlist on YouTube.
Or explore our interactive street art map and discover murals in your neighbourhood.
For more information, contact the Public Art Officer: