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At the gateway to Royal Park, on the corner of Elliot Ave and Flemington Road, rest Matthew Harding's fluted, pod-like forms, Fruition. The forms, resembling a pair of eggs or seed-pods, convey the latent potential and primal vitality of natural lifecycles.

Fittingly, the cor-ten steel from which the pods have been crafted by the artist forms a protective layer of rust/oxide when exposed to the elements. This produces a sophisticated aesthetic symbolic of both industrial architecture and the natural world.

Fruition unites the natural landscape of the Royal Park environs with its relentlessly busy backdrop of tramlines, arterial roads and dense suburbia.

Matthew Harding is an innovative Australian artist and designer with a career spanning almost three decades. His background in the visual arts, construction industries and various craft traditions informs a wide ranging artistic practice encompassing public art, sculpture, craft and furniture design. Working with stone, wood, metal, glass and ephemeral media, Matthew seeks to push the boundaries of materials and conventional fabrication processes.

Fruition is commissioned by the City of Melbourne Public Art Program.

Photographs courtesy of Matthew Stanton.


Royal Park
and Flemington Road
Parkville VIC 3052

Contact details

03 9658 9658

Dates and times

20/11/2013 to 20/11/2018

Mon: all day
Tue: all day
Wed: all day
Thu: all day
Fri: all day
Sat: all day
Sun: all day


This is a free event


N/A - No bookings

How to get there

Public Transport Victoria


All ages


Wheelchair accessible


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