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The top of town has been transformed for summer, with art installed in 26 different locations for Melbourne’s newest outdoor art exhibition Uptown. Featuring the work of Melbourne artists, we’ve wrapped up the highlights of the installations breathing life back into Bourke Street.
A few blocks away from Destiny Deacon’s NGV exhibition Destiny, large-scale reproductions of some of her most famous works have been pasted at the entrance of Windsor Place. Destiny’s models are all Melbourne locals, including the dolls who are often found at second-hand shops around town.
Above the tram lines at 20-30 Bourke Street sits Bill Henson’s luminous Untitled 2000-01. This larger than life installation from one of the artist’s iconic series is something to marvel at.
Rounding the corner from Spring Street and you’ll be met eye-to-eye with Polly Borland’s stunning Untitled (Nick Cave in a blue wig) 2010 in the corner window of the Hotel Windsor. The artist has long collaborated with musician Nick Cave who is unrecognisable in this photograph.
You’ll feel like you’re late to the party, when met with the Huxley’s installation at 50 Bourke Street. Celebrating the queer alternative world of Melbourne’s underground performance art scene, you’ll be forgiven for lingering too long at this mesmerising spectacle.
Melbourne’s night scene looks a little different these days. Head to the wall of Madame Brussels after dark (10pm to 2am) to be met with projections of John Gollings scenes at Temple Nightclub; it’s the exact kind of throwback we need right now.
Uptown runs until 28 February 2021 and is free to view and wander.
Last updated on Tue 22 Dec 2020
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