Arts and Exhibitions

Public Art Collection

Darebin's extensive collection of public art enhancing our urban landscape.

The City of Darebin is home to an extensive Public Art Collection enhancing the urban landscape.

To find out more, download the Darebin Public Art Discovery Map. Scroll over the numbers to find out more!

Read Darebin’s Public Art Framework 2019 for further details.

Public art collection

“Three Follies”

by Bush Projects, 2014

“Three Follies” reconnects residents to the isolated island oasis of Ray Bramham Gardens by providing an interactive and playable work which honours the botanical theme of the park while subtly referencing the site’s industrial history. The artwork is a series of sunken, suburban garden follies, located at three key points within the space. A sunken arch appears as an architectural ruin suggestive of an old kiln, a brick hedge mimics the shape of a parterre garden and a stage forms a raised viewing platform to admire the pond.

Location: Ray Bramham Gardens

St Georges Road Koori Mural

By Megan Evans, Les Griggs, Ian Johnson, Eleain Trott, Ray Thomas and Millie Yarran
Multicoloured Koori mural of people

 

This iconic Mural suffered significant weather damage and material deterioration over the past three decades of being exposed to the elements but has recently been lovingly restored. The mural was designed by Megan Evans in consultation with a committee from the Aborigines Advancement League consisting of the late Lin Onus, the late Molly Dyer, the late Ron Johnson, the late Elizabeth Hoffman and was painted by renowned Aboriginal artists Ray Thomas, Ian Johnson, Millie Yarram, Les Griggs, Elaine Trott and Megan Evans with the help of many other volunteers.

Location: St Georges Road, Thornbury

Watch the video about the Koori Mural restoration, Koori Mural TOM, from Ged Hart on Vimeo.

The Nest

By David Bell and Gary Tippett
A large brown stone nest sculpture sitting in a park with trees in the background

The symbolic egg form at the heart of this design echoes the hope for recovery and new life, and for the rebirth of the land. The piece also references the conservation role of the park and in particular the role this park plays for the many birds that live and nest within.

Location: Darebin Parklands, Fairfield

The Connection

By Michael Snape.
White sculpture in front of Darebin council

 

The Connection depicts many people coming together in an animated, alive way, the separate components becoming one. It refers to the meaningful links between different groups in the community and the connections which contribute to harmony in Darebin.

Location: Preston Civic Forecourt, High Street, Preston

Source

By Adrian Mauriks
White bud sculpture in a garden setting

 

The work relates to the themes the “Present” and “Future” with an emphasis on the natural environment. The colour and the reclining form, which appears embryonic, bring to mind birth and new beginnings and the bud, the flowering of life.

Location: Bundoora Park entrance, Bundoora

Well Place Preston

By Zabelski Han
A sculpture of a man feeding a horse

 

The horse in this piece refers to the working animals that were part of Preston’s industrial history. The human, in offering the horse water, is providing it with nourishment. There is a connection that symbolises the inter-dependent relationship between them.

Location: Preston Library, Preston

Fairfield Industrial Dog Object (FIDO)

By Alistair Knox, Ian Sinclair, Jacki Staude and David Davies.
A wooden sculpture of a large dog in a parkland setting

 

Through the use of sensors and digital controls, FIDO talks to passers by, wags its tail, wiggles its ears and lights up at night.

The materials used, the form and the interactive nature of this monumental work were chosen specifically to respond to the friendliness and vitality of Fairfield Village and enhance the sense of community for this dog-loving precinct.

Location: Fairfield

Reconciliation Fountain

By Glenn Romanis.
A fountain pool with stone steps on a summers day

 

The fountain tells how water came back to the land after a long drought by making the frog that had swallowed all of the water laugh.

Location: Thornbury

Reg Parker Sculpture

By Reg Parker

Classic formalist sculpture by Reg Parker. Visual element of the Whitlam era. Dark bronze looking abstract shapes.


The sculpture is an example of a classic formalist work by one of the early practitioners of the style in Australia. It is probably the earliest abstract sculpture in a public place in the northern region of Melbourne. The work is also socially significant as an example of government-funded visual arts policy of the Whitlam era, which had the expressed intention of placing contemporary Australian art in communities which were overlooked in the past.

Location: Preston Library, Preston

High Street, Westgarth

By Enver Camdal, Helen Bodycomb and Chris Rack.
A metal sculpture of an insects segmented leg

The artwork includes stainless steel broken insect wing segments, skeletal animal sections turned into bike racks, dog anchors, dragonfly wings on the power poles, glass mosaic sunk into the pavement and vibrant colours stretching along the strip.

Location: High Street, Northcote

The Anzac Memorial

by Down Street Studios and Cicada Blue Landscape Design 2002
A metal sculpture of an astronaut

 

All Nations Park is a joint project between The City of Darebin and local RSL clubs compromising of several public art works. The two illustrated here are:

Anzac Memorial 2002
The Bowing Soldier, a sculptural stainless steel soldier with bowing head and cast bronze slouch hat will form the centre of the veterans walk and suggests remembrance of those who have fallen in war, in particular the role of service men and women in WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam.

Wing Tip Flag Pole 2002
A floodlit stainless steel wing tip clad to flagpole makes reference to the RAAF, with design details from Australian Aircraft.

Location: All Nations Park, Northcote

 

Banner image: David Bell and Gary Tippett, David Bell and Gary Tippett, The Nest, 2012. Treated wood.