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Docklands Public Art Walk (Central Melbourne)

The Docklands area is home to the Docklands Public Art Walk which covers 36 outdoor artworks situated in the parks, promenades and built into the architecture and landscape.

There is a guide which explains each artwork and a map. Enjoy a walk through the Docklands with this guide and find out more about the individual artworks that comprise one of the most extensive public art programs in the world.

The complete walk is likely to take a couple of hours.




Step one is to download and print a copy of the brochure (or access online) which includes a map and a description of each of the art works.

The most interesting section for families is the northern section. The highlights here include #2 (Walk of Stars) which includes a mural with well known Australian performers, plaques for 100 performers (just like being in Hollywood without the expense of getting there) and four full size bronze statues of John Farnham, Graham Kennedy (with crow), Dame Nellie Melba and Kylie Minogue. The rendition of Kylie is very unflattering which not even bronze hot pants can cover up.

On the side of the harbour along New Quay Promenade is #4 (Silence) which is a large installation which has ethereal white forms like clouds and trees. This is for admiring but there is a new installation about 50m away to the east which is not in the guide which is much more fun for the kids. It has a number of coloured pyramids, mountains and forms which are perfect for exploring and climbing on. Exercise and art join together.

To the south of this area, some of our favourites were #11 (Threaded Field) which is a giant green thread which loops around the Etihad stadium concourse, the iconic #13 (Cow Up a Tree) and #31 (Blowhole) which is full of movement on windy days and is located next to a playground and close to an area with lovely rowing boats on a dry watercourse.

Some of the art is best experienced at night time. This would include #7 (ColumnWall - hidden + revealed), #8 (Colony), #9 (Field of Play), #12 (Art Wall), #15 (Poise), #17 (Aurora), #19 (On the Beach), #33 (Heartland) and #36 (Slipstream)

There may also be some art work in the foyers of buildings which would not be accessible during weekends.

Pick a nice day and explore the Docklands area using the extensive outdoor artwork as navigation points. It's well worth it. There are water taps, seats and plenty of eating places along the route.


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Harbour Esplanade,  Docklands 3008, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Map: 2E Ref: G5

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Link Docklands Public Art Walk Brochure

  Reader Feedback  

Wendy Hall      Posted:    10:32 AM April 13, 2017

Yesterday, 13th April, visited the area, but could not locate the site of the bronze statues of Kylie, John F., Graham K and Dame Nellie, or the mural, or the 100 plaques. Very disappointed some works are not labelled, such as the concrete pyramid shapes, or the new stainless 'circles' at the southern end of Harbour Esplanade.

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