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Melbourne trams become mobile artworks

07 November 2017

Spring has well and truly sprung in Melbourne with trams around the city being transformed into vibrant works of art.

As part of the Melbourne Festival, The Melbourne Art Trams Project has kicked off with a work that celebrates Indian street and tribal art. Designed by Victorian artist Busha Hasan, the piece entitled ‘Tramjatra’ is the first of many trams to be adorned with creative designs by local artists and community groups in the coming months.

Currently in its fifth year, the initiative is a revival of the popular Transporting Art project that ran from 1987 to 1993. It aims to showcase the city of Melbourne’s creativity and multiculturalism through murals that encompass history, innovation, ethnicity, nature and spirituality.

Other trams set to brighten up Melbourne’s daily commute have been designed by students and parents from St Albans Heights Primary School Community Hub, as well as artists like Robert Owen, whose art honours the history of jazz in Melbourne. With these mobile artworks set to run around the inner city, you’re sure to catch a few rolling through Collins Street near the T&G Building.

The Art Trams Project will run from the 5 October 2017 to 30 April 2018 and is completely free to view. Be sure to keep an eye out for them around the city.

IMAGE CREDIT: Melbourne Festival Website