Discover public art in Port Phillip

There are many interesting public artworks across the City of Port Phillip which you can visit and view using the links below. Find out what’s new in the City right now as well as past temporary projects.

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.

Ask a question about public art on My Port Phillip.

Public art

Ian Strange Waterlines

The long-awaited sculpture Waterlines by well-known artist Ian Strange was installed in Kirrip Park, South Melbourne.

The work was commissioned by Wonderment Walk Victoria at a value of $300,000 and has been 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.

IAN STRANGE, Waterlines, 2020

Film produced by Wonderment Walk Victoria and Ian Strange Studio

Waterlines reflects the residential and industrial heritage of the Montague area and references the long and complex history of flooding and water management which reshaped this landscape.

Waterlines, South Melbourne, image credit: Ian Strange Studios 

Waterlines, South Melbourne, image credit: Ian Strange Studios 

EcoCentre temporary hoarding mural

Artist, Emily Gardner from ADORE Murals & Artwork created the mural to reflect the beauty of the surrounding gardens by promoting the local biodiversity. 

The mural design was created in consultation with volunteers from the Port Phillip EcoCentre, the Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens, and visitors to the Gardens. The design features birds and animals who visit the Gardens as well as its indigenous plants. Paint used for the mural is carbon-absorbing, in keeping with the environmentally sustainable design of the new EcoCentre building.

This project was funded under Council’s Public Art program, separate to the redevelopment project. The hoarding and mural will be recycled to another building site once the redevelopment is completed.

Emily Gardner, ADORE Murals & Artwork. St Kilda Botanical Gardens. 2023. 

Ash Keating

Well known Melbourne artist Ash Keating was commissioned by Council to create a large scale abstract mural in Union Street South Melbourne to coincide with his solo exhibition Duality at Linden New Art Gallery in St Kilda. The project was a partnership between Council, Linden New Art and the building owner.

Ash Keating, South Melbourne, Image credit: p1xels

Benjamin Yates

Benjamin was commissioned by Council to creates two murals on Inkerman Street and Hewitson Reserve. Benjamin is a multidisciplinary artist whose work aims to traverse the public into their imagination and to fuse the relationship between surrealism and our natural habitat. Predominantly working within the field of large-scale murals and fine art elements, Benjamin has gained worldwide recognition through painting buildings/spaces and exhibiting regularly.

Benjamin Yates, St Kilda, image credit: p1xels

Benjamin Yates, St Kilda, image credit: p1xels