Read more about the 2017 Melbourne Art Trams from the artists that created them.
The first Melbourne Art Tram will be released on the tracks on Thu 5 October. Tram IDs and details on how to find the trams on the tracks will be released then.
The Language of Fracture is made from the repeated mirroring of an image drawn from an ongoing series of street art paintings. I consider these works a form of urban topography. The series reveals the hidden maps in the cracks of the urban landscape and celebrates the beauty of imperfection.
My painting is about Melbourne’s size, colours, proportions, life and streetscape: which as an artist from the country, can be both exciting and overwhelming. As an artist with a mild intellectual disability and mental illness, I am proud to show that having a disability is not a barrier forcreating great art.
My inspiration for designing a Tramjatra tram comes from my love for Melbourne’s trams and the unique friendship between the tram-loving communities of Kolkata (India) and Melbourne and partnership with Melbourne trammie, Roberto D’Andrea.
Tramjatra works in partnership with the Calcutta Tramways Company and Government of West Bengal. Tramjatra has a rich history of engaging Victoria’s Indian diaspora reflecting years of collaboration between Melbourne and Kolkata. This tram design honours the tramways relationship between Kolkata and Melbourne. The first friendship tram was launched from Belgatchia Depot in October 1996. 12 trams have since been decorated in Kolkata. 2016 was the 20th anniversary of Tramjatra with a rich history of friendship, the love of trams and highlighting the environmental benefits of tramways.
The artistic intention of this design is to allow those on the street outside a tram to share the momentary experiences and connections of those inside. This is achived by creating a spectrographic encoding of these transitory moments on the skin of the tram transforming the tram into a moving point of engagement between passenger and street. Street and passenger. This spectrographic encoding is created using a generative algorithm which translates a video capture of the side view of the entire journey along a tram route into an abstract colour field. The algorithm encodes the momentary points of passenger engagement by collapsing each frame of video into single vertical stripe of colours, capturing both the broad ambience and the exceptional, diverse and unique aspects of the flux of time, space, colour and life as experienced in that frame. These stripes are then accumulated frame-by-frame to produce the final spectrogram, which can be read along a tram, from front to back, as a spectral encoding of the entire journey – representing not only the passengers experiences but the streets themselves.
My artwork explores the idea of the diverse Melbourne tram traveller along with my own travel history of Melbourne. I visited the ten tram stops that have played the most significant part of my life in Melbourne, and photographed ten travellers that frequently use the same stops.
Josh is a proud Yorta Yorta and Gunditjmara Barkinji man. The two sides of the tram narrate the story of William Buckley, the ‘wild white man’: an escaped English convict who lived with the Wathaurong people for many years.
Beautiful Stranger is a continuation of Robert Owen’s celebrated series Music for the Eyes, inspired by jazz, movement and light. It plays homage to the history of jazz in Melbourne, and extends Owen’s exploration of art’s capacity to translate mood and emotion through colour.
Parents from the school collectively developed the design for this artwork. In a workshop parents saw similarities in their school community to the wider Melbourne community that they wanted to capture—that Melbourne is a proudly diverse community. Coloured squares were inspired by Andy Warhol’s pop art which captures playfulness, diversity and inspires imagination—just like the school.