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Updated - Friday 1 November.
Yarra Trams is proud to join the Melbourne Festival and Arts
Victoria to reintroduce 'Art Trams' to
Melbourne's world famous tram network.
The first tram was revealed on Monday 30 September, and seven
more will be launched over the next two weeks. Keep checking this
page for updated images as the tram designs are completed and begin
running around the network.
One tram will operate from each Yarra Trams depot, allowing
Melburnians to see these moving masterpieces on most tram
The best way to find an individual tram is to use the
onboard/myTRAM feature on iPhone or Android tramTRACKER. Simply input the number of the
tram and if it's on the network making a scheduled trip tramTRACKER
will tell you where it is. The onboard/myTRAM is not available for
City Circle trams.
tramTRACKER is available as a free download from the App Store and the Google Play store.
Congratulations to the Joining Forces collective for winning the
Melbourne Festival Art Trams People's Choice Award!
"Melbourne Festival: Trams become moving
pictures" - The Weekly Review, 17 October 2013.
"Art collective on roll as commuters give tram
creatures thumbs up" - The Age, 1 November 2013.
"A loose, personal mapping of Melbourne, Going
Somewhere combines sketches drawn while on trams with
streetscapes from around the city. The time in between things - on
the way to somewhere and from something - has become an important
space in my life where I can just think and sketch.
Sitting on a tram, with streetscapes rumbling past and a
constant flux as people get on and off, one glimpses a multitude of
narratives being lived around you. In Going Somewhere I
set out to explore the sense of possibilities and unknown
eventualities held within this communal space" - Freya
Art tram launched: 11 October 2013
Routes: 3/3a, 64, 67, 78/79
"The inspiration for this artwork is driven by a
contemporary rendering of a Wiradjuri design found traditionally on
tree dendroglyphs and shield design - though similar designs are
used across Australia from the western Desert to Victoria. These
designs are an important marker for public and private ceremony,
and to mark place. To place a pattern on a tram for Melbourne is an
exciting proposal that continues to recognise not only an
engagement with tradition but as a camouflage and trompe l'oeil
effect of the tram disappearing in and out of the city scape;
creating an optical illusion." - Brook Andrew
Art tram launched: 9 October 2013
Routes: 5, 6, 8, 16 and 72
"It's Ok to Be Alright - as a message - is
fundamental, constant and gently motivational. The sense of
circularity and rhythm from the space of being 'okay' to the space
of being 'alright' and back again replicates, in som eway, the
movement and rhythm of this tram as it winds its way across the
Encountered in a new location and at different times -
the It's Okay to Be Alright tram allows for a mobility and
extension of readings and possibility of a new consideration of
one's own personal context" - Rose Nolan (photo by Eddie
Art tram launched: 8 October 2013
Routes: 1, 8 and 19
"I have a great interest in the social history and the
appearance of our suburbs. This has manifested itself in many ways,
beginning in the 1970s, when I began prolifically photographing my
local area of Northcote, as well as other inner suburbs.
I continue this practice to this day, and take special
delight in the apparently mundane aspects of our everyday world.
It's all interesting to me. One manifestation of this has been a
commitment to photograph every house in Northcote, which has an
eclectic mixture of houses, built on all budgets and in all era.
I've used my photo archive of over 700 images to create wallpaper
with which to wrap a tram. The tram will thus become a mechanical
embodiment of suburban Melbourne!" - David Wadelton
Art tram launched: 5 October 2013
Routes: 86 and 112
"Thanks to the imagination of the creative marketing team
from Yarra Trams, the iconic Melbourne tram has become synonymouse
with a rhinocerous on a skateboard. So coming up with a concept for
this fantastic project was a total no brainer.
It's a far stretch from my usual arts practice of stencilled
soldiers and scantily clad women, but an amazing opportunity to
create a community-friendly and engaging artwork, something that
will hopefully make people, young and old, turn their heads and
I'd like to thank the staff at Werribee Zoo for allowing me
to photography Umgana, the Rhino in the picture." - Luke
Art tram launched: 4 October 2013
Routes: 55, 57, 59 and 82
"Lakorra is the Wathaurung word for sky. Once upon a time,
Melbourne city would have been an open expanse with a generous view
of the sky, offering a reminder that it's not all about self.
Today' the city is densely populated with skyscrapers and
billboards dominating the landscape, full of consumerism with a
constant focus on the self.
Lakorra brings a bit of that sky and open expanse back into
the streetscape. It reminds everyone of a time before the city
stood in its place and of a people who walked those streets long
before they were streets." - Bindi Cole
Art tram launched: 3 October 2013
Routes: 31, 48, and 109
"You are now sitting inside a giant orange transportation
device, covered in floating moon babies, space weasels and crusty
old slug men. How did it come to this? Joining Forces is a
collective of six Melbourne-based artists who combine wildly
diverse styles to make imaginative art.
The members of the collective are Zahra Zainal, Jeffrey
Phillips, Gemma Flack, Rhiannon Thomas, Brendan Ninness and
Sebastian Berto. The tram artwork is based on a 5 metre long
hand-painted canvas, which was created through a process of drawing
over and around each other's work. The collective's work focuses on
collaboration, experimentation and community" - Joining
Art tram launched: 1 October 2013
Routes: 70 and 75
"The backyard design for my tram is based on the backyard
that I grew up in, in Altona. It's a stylised pop version of that
backyard. The backyard was a site of influential activity in my
upbringing, cricket matches with my brothers and our mates and
neighbours, family BBQs and 18th and 21st birthdays to name a
The backyard seems to have an important place in our psyche
but hasn't beeen articulated much in art. I've always liked the
social aspect backyards bring to our lives" - Jon Campbell
Art tram launched: 30 September 2013
Route: City Circle
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