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Docklands Public Art Walk

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by Bianca Gravina-Price (subscribe)
A blogger / photographer who lives in Geelong and holidays often. dayjaunts.net
Published April 17th 2013
Why is there a cow up a tree?


Melbourne is known as a city that appreciates and promotes the arts. Public art is a part of the Melbourne psyche and displays of street art (aka graffiti), sculpture and performance art can be seen across the city, day and night. Expression through art is accepted as a part of everyday life in the city and as such creativity can be seen at every turn, generating a vibrant and energetic culture.



Adding to this expression of existence through art is the Docklands Public Art Walk. Consisting of 36 pieces spread throughout the precinct this is art that can be enjoyed as a purposeful, self-guided tour or as an inspiring enhancement to a journey through the area.



The pieces are in parks, along walking trails and built into the existing architecture so that they become part of the urban landscape of Melbourne's newest waterfront district.



If you fancy having your photo taken with one of Australia's stars of stage and screen, make sure that you stop at Waterfront City Plaza, where bronze statues of Graham Kennedy, John Farnham, Dame Nellie Melba, Dame Edna and Kylie Minogue pose politely day and night.



A playground is transformed into a magical place with the addition of Blowhole, an ever changing sculpture that moves with the wind.

If you wish to know a little more about the meaning behind a particular piece then the artist statement can be read or the free brochure on the Docklands Public Art Walk can be downloaded here.

But it is much more fun to bestow your own meaning to a piece. Like the aptly dubbed Cow Up A Tree, what could that possibly mean?

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Why? Free art in Melbourne
When: All year round
Where: Harbour Esplanade, Docklands
Cost: Free
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