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Art in the city

Wander Melbourne's city streets and intimate laneways to find inspiring works of art in surprising places.

Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk

Corner Swanston and La Trobe streets
Architectural Fragment by Petrus Spronk
Emerging from the pavement outside one of the city's oldest institutions, 'Architectural Fragment' looks like a fallen classical monument, or forgotten corner of the State Library, sunken into its urban environment. The sculpture serves as a reminder to the city’s past and alludes to the transient nature of the present.

Public Purse by Simon Perry

Bourke Street Mall
Public Purse by Simon Perry
'Public Purse' is one of the city's most unique and distinctive forms of street seating. Appearing as if it is nothing more than an oversized dropped purse, the sculpture perfectly reflects its bustling retail district surrounds.

Vault by Ron Robertson-Swann

Corner Dodds and Grant streets
Vault by Ron Robertson-Swann
Originally installed in the city square during the early 1980s, 'Vault' (or ‘Yellow Peril’ as it was more commonly known) divided public opinion when it was first unveiled. While lauded as a bold, simple and grand sculpture, Vault was soon moved from its central city location to Batman Park and from there to its now permanent home outside the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Photo by Louis Porter.

Three Businessmen by Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn

Corner Swanston and Bourke streets
Three Businessmen by Alison Weaver 

and Paul Quinn
Officially named the 'Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston and Hoddle', this whimsical, life- sized sculpture pays homage to Melbourne's three pioneers, returning them to the city's streets as pedestrians observing Melbourne's development throughout time.


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