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 Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies



Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies, a public artwork by David Michael Bell, is a theatrical tribute to one of Melbourne’s iconic heroes – the W-class 'rattler' tram.

Positioned on the corner of Spencer Street and Flinders Street, the 1:1-scale replica is finished in a bluestone effect and playfully upended and tilted at 10 degrees. At night, the drama continues as the headlights and windows gently glow, much like a block of city apartments filled with unseen after-hours activities.

The Rattler is a reproduction of Tram 1040, the 40th and last tram built at the Preston Tram Works to service Bourke Street in 1956. Yarra Trams currently operate the remaining W-class trams to service the City Circle route 35.

David Michael Bell is a freelance artist and designer with a passion for making large-scale public artworks. David’s public art practice has been significantly informed by a 20-year career in theatre and film.

Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies, is commissioned by the City of Melbourne Public Art Program.

Photographs courtesy of Matthew Stanton.


Corner Spencer and Flinders St
Melbourne VIC 3000

Contact details

03 9658 9658

Dates and times

28/10/2013 to 28/10/2018

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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