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Metro Tunnel

04 Sep 2018

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Transforming Metro Tunnel construction sites

Add a touch of artistic flair to construction sites – the Metro Tunnel Project is asking artists from all over Melbourne to take up the challenge to transform its worksites into vibrant and attractive destinations.

Esther Stewart is the latest artist to be commissioned by the Metro Tunnel Creative Program. She has created a bold geometric design for the pedestrian gantries located outside 390 St Kilda Rd near the Anzac Station construction site.

Esther’s previous work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries and art fairs, and is held in major collections including the Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2014, she collaborated with Italian fashion designer Valentino on his Autumn/Winter 2015-2016 menswear collection and won the Sir John Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016.

This artwork is just one of many that will be commissioned by the Metro Tunnel’s Creative Program, which will bring worksites to life, minimise the impacts of construction on the local community and showcase the work of some of Melbourne’s emerging and established artists.

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. Prints of a selection of the MoMA pieces are on display on the City Square hoarding along Swanston Street. Iconic artwork from Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and others are on show, encouraging people to see the original works at the NGV located just a short walk away.

To find out more about the creative program visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

Upgrading the Moray Street bike path

The Metro Tunnel is upgrading the Moray St bike path to give cyclists, pedestrians and motorists a reliable and safe alternative to St Kilda Rd during construction of the new Anzac Station.

Two new Victorian-first roundabouts are now open at Dorcas and Coventry streets. Pedestrians and cyclists have right-of-way to allow for safe crossing at both locations.

Each pedestrian crossing has a raised zebra crossing and a new dedicated bike path running parallel. The bike lane gives cyclists right of way and requires motor vehicles to stop, allowing cyclists to pass through the roundabout freely. This not only improves safety but will reduce travel times for cyclists.

The Moray St bike path upgrade is expected to be completed in October. This work is part of road and traffic management upgrades designed to keep the city moving while we build the Metro Tunnel.

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