Public Art

Yarra City Council strives to increase art in public places so that arts and culture can be enjoyed as an everyday experience. We value the impact of creativity on the fabric of our city and recognise arts and culture to be intrinsically linked to the City’s identity.

Public art helps to make Yarra a vibrant, creative and engaging place. We manage an existing collection and commission new works in public spaces, as well as support private commissions of publicly visible art. In 2015, we adopted a Public Art Policy which includes a scheme to embed public art into civic infrastructure developments.

A roving public art program is currently being curated to stimulate interest and discussion about our public spaces. This includes new temporary commissions on the former Queen Victoria plinth in Edinburgh Gardens, changing exhibitions in the Carlton Library light boxes and large-scale evening projections as part of the Roving Projection Program across the city.

We also acknowledge the popularity of murals and street art within Yarra and recognise their place within contemporary arts practice, as well as being a tool in graffiti management and place making. We've commissioned many murals and have helped facilitate many private commissions of murals. Read our Public Art Policy and guidelines for Public Art in Private Developments.

  • Carlton Library light boxes

    On the exterior wall of Carlton Library is our public art light box installation. Exhibitions at this site are a series of four images and are programmed for six months.

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  • Celebration Dreaming

    A piece that focuses on Aboriginal identity and culture in Fitzroy and highlights the history and significance of Gertrude Street, the building and the area for the Aboriginal community.

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  • Molly Meldrum

    As part of Yarra’s revitalisation works to Wangaratta Street Park, located in Richmond behind the Corner Hotel, a larger-than-life bronze statue of local music identity Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum AM stands with his beloved dog Ziggy by his side.

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  • Murals

    Council has a service provision role in graffiti management projects, particularly in coordination with private property owners; a facilitating role in providing information and guidance; and lastly a commissioning role.

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  • Stolen Generations Marker

    The Stolen Generations Marker, Remember Me, reflects the community’s wish to create a permanent tribute to the Stolen Generations and their families; a place of reflection and respectful commemoration. 

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