Various artworks have decorated Melbourne’s Peninsula Link Freeway. These sculptures and art pieces have been placed at various sites along the route.
- A total of 14 sculptures have been commissioned over the next 25 years and will be rotated to various sites along the 27-kilometre stretch of freeway.
- The sculptures will be replaced with new artwork every two years until 2037.
Motorists will have noticed artist Louise Paramor’s piece, Panorama Station, at the interchange between EastLink and Peninsula Link. Driving towards Frankston, it features a 16.5 metres in high colourful and wacky piece, which depicts a space station with a rocket launch pad.
Other sculptures include Dean Colls’ Rex Australis: The King is dead, long live the King. It depicts a giant sheep’s skull and was commissioned for the Peninsula Link Freeway in 2011 and completed in December 2012. Dean Colls was born in Kerang in 1968 and currently lives and works in Melbourne. Between 1987 and 1990 he developed his sculptural practice first with Richard Mueck and then Artworks in Bronze Foundry. From 1991 to 1996 he worked as a freelance sculptor and set designer in theatre, film and television industries. In 1997 he began collaborating with Melbourne sculptor Louise Skacej and since then they have produced a number of commissioned artworks for both the private and public sectors. Further information can be found on Dean Colls website.
Also on display is Phil Price’s Tree of Life.
- Depending on how fast you travel – it might be a case of blink and miss it – however, in a traffic jam, you can savour the moment and enjoy your surroundings and appreciate your visual drive-by art.
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