Roadside art to find in Melbourne
Love Flower, John Meade and Emily Karanikolopoulos
Located at the Peninsula Link’s Cranbourne Road exit
Love Flower replaced Reflective Lullaby when it was removed in 2019. The works is inspired by both the agapanthus flower (the name for which is derived from ‘god’s love’ and ‘flower’) and the Japanese art of flower arranging, known as ikebana. If you drive past the flower in the dark, you might even notice it glows.
Reflective Lullaby, Gregor Kregar
Located at McClelland Sculpture Park, formerly located at the Cranbourne Road exit
The nine-metre-tall silver gnome attracted a substantial fanbase after being installed as part of the Southern Way McClelland Commissions. While it’s no longer a roadside work (it was relocated in 2019), the gnome can still be visited at McClelland Sculpture Park.
Melbourne International Gateway, Denton Corker Marshall
Located on the CityLink approximately between Delhi Reserve and Storage Wetland Park
Melbourne International Gateway might not ring any bells, but you’re almost certainly familiar with this work’s alias. This work is commonly known as the Cheese Stick and Ribcage for its passing resemblance to those objects. The precariously leaning yellow and red rectangular blocks are in fact a nod to Victoria’s gold rush history and its wheat industry.
Hotel, Callum Morton
Located between Greens and Bangholme roads on the Eastlink
Clocking in at 20 metres-high, Callum Morton’s faux hotel can easily fool naïve motorists. But this hotel doesn’t allow any guests and never has. The work sits seemingly in the middle of nowhere, as if a giant hand plucked it out of the CBD and placed it on the side of the Eastlink.
Seeds of Change, Thompson Berril
Located at the Princes Freeway Eastern Interchange
These steel leaves stand ten metres high at their tallest point and were created through a collaboration of artists and an architect, plus community and council consultation. The open leaves (some of which feature panels of basalt rock common in the region) are meant to evoke a gateway, welcoming residents and visitors to the area.
House in the Sky, Brearley Middleton architects
Located at the Western Ring Road interchange
From a distance this work looks very much like someone has picked up a huge pencil and sketched a house mid-air, but the ‘drawing’ was actually created by suspending hot-dipped galvanized steel cables between columns. And although it gives of the illusion of being 3D, House in the Sky is completely two-dimensional.
River Peel, Michael Bellemo and Catriona Macleod
Located Fitzsimmons Lane, Templestowe
Also known as ‘the apple peel’ by locals for its ribbon-like, bright green appearance, this roadside work long sat at the Fitzsimmons Lane and Porter Street roundabout before being rehomed slightly up the road in 2021.
Bunjil, Bruce Armstrong
Located on Wurundjeri Way, Docklands
Those who regularly drive within the Melbourne’s CBD may be familiar with Bunjil, a 25-metre-tall, 20-tonne sculpture inspired by the Kulin nation creator spirit, Bunjil the eagle. The abstract, bird-like sculpture watches over cars on Wurundjeri Way where it has done so (from one position or another – it was moved slightly due to development) since 2002.