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Hurstbridge Line Duplication - ‘Meet the artists’ online community session Public artwork at Montmorency Station

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The second stage of the Hurstbridge Line Duplication will deliver further improvements, including more train services, less crowding on peak trains and better connections to public transport in Melbourne's north east.

Works include building new modern stations at Greensborough and Montmorency, and duplicating the rail track between Greensborough and Montmorency and between Diamond Creek and Wattle Glen, to allow more trains to run more often.

To build on the identity of the new Montmorency Station precinct, there will be a specially commissioned public art installation at the intersection of Station Road and Were Street.

As a part of works on the Hurstbridge Line Duplication Project, the Level Crossing Removal Project (LXRP) is working with four shortlisted experienced artists and art curators on the proposed artwork. One of the four artists will be chosen to create the public artwork. The public artwork seeks to reflect the character of Montmorency and its community.

Online community session

You are invited to join LXRP and the artists online at a virtual ‘Meet the artists’ community session, where you can hear from the artists about their artistic practice, narrative and vision for their proposed artworks, and how they develop their work.

You can pre-submit questions for the artists when you register for this event, as well as ask questions at the session via a live Q&A.

Please register your attendance and any questions for the artists by Wednesday 20 October, 5pm.

A Zoom link will be sent to all registered attendees on the day of the online session.

Date & Time:

Thursday 21 October 2021

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12:00pm - 1:30pm

The four artists will present their proposed artwork to an Art Steering Committee in late 2021.

The artwork will be installed when the project is complete.

For more information on the four shortlisted artists, see below.

Engage Victoria online feedback survey

You will also have the opportunity to complete an online feedback survey, where you can give your thoughts on the look and feel of the proposed public artwork for the Montmorency Station precinct.

You will be able to submit your feedback on design, material, style and narrative regarding public artwork, for the artists consideration.

The survey will open via Engage Victoria in late October.

Keep an eye out for the Engage Victoria survey link via our email updates in late October. If you haven’t already subscribed, go to https://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/contact/subscribe

Montmorency – the artists’ brief

Narratives

Artists were asked to respond to and explore one or more of the following identified narratives:

  1. Art that brings the community together
  2. Indigenous narratives of the Montmorency area
  3. Responding to the architecture of the new station
  4. Native flora and fauna
  5. Environmental issues

Dean Bowen

Dean Bowen’s artistic practice is underpinned by memories of nature and the countryside. Often with a playful and optimistic sensibility, his sculptures reveal the humanitarian and environmental values expressed in all of his works.

Bowen’s concept will evoke a feeling of joy and have universal appeal, while reflecting elements of Montmorency’s parks and wildlife in a positive and contemplative manner. He seeks to remind us of our relationship and responsibility to the conservation and protection of our native birds and animals. View Dean’s website here.

Greer Taylor

Greer Taylor’s work is deeply informed by the idea of wilderness and wild places and is often about looking inside the structure of our world to reveal its vulnerability through environmental issues and the act of making art.

The proposed work’s primary theme is ‘environmental’. It acknowledges the many ecosystems and habitats that exist in Montmorency and nearby and how our human activity and actions now threads itself through all of them. View Greer’s website here.

Joanne Mott

Joanne’s Mott’s art practice is rooted in environmentalism. Often using living plants, this includes making artworks about endangered species and creating habitats for people of all types. She examines the historic and living components of the site and employs environmentally sustainable materials and plants.

The proposed artwork offers a narrative that speaks of the remarkable interspecies interconnection between the Eltham Copper Butterfly, ants and plants. A QR code located by the sculpture will lead to Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin talking about Country and local ecosystems. View Joanne’s website here.

Robert Bridgewater

Either monumental or delicate in scale; Robert Bridgewater’s sculptures whether timber or bronze display the methodical marks of the artist’s hand, the labour of production and more broadly to historical traditions of object making.

Bridgewater proposes to create a stylized image of an Eltham Copper Butterflies’ wing. The form of the wing will be created by assembling repeated elements of stylized representations of Sweet Bursaria flowers and Notoncus ants. In this way the work will speak to the symbiotic relationship of the butterfly, ant and Sweet Bursaria shrub and employ it as a metaphor the strength of cooperation and collaboration in the Montmorency community. View Robert’s website here.

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