Street art adds colour to Melbourne’s newest stations

Concrete barriers opposite new stations in Melbourne’s south east built as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project will soon be transformed into a work of art.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited the new McKinnon Station, where a 28 metre long, 1.2 metre high mural will be installed over the coming days.

The work, titled FEELING AND FORM, reflects the leafy surrounds of the local area, and is warm and bright to match to design of the new station.

Works of similar size will also be installed next to Bentleigh and Ormond Stations, with work to start in the coming weeks.

The murals are the final touches on the $524 million Labor Government project that has removed dangerous and congested level crossings at Burke Road in Glen Iris, North Road in Ormond, Centre Road in Bentleigh and McKinnon Road in McKinnon.

The project also included rebuilding Gardiner, Ormond, Bentleigh and McKinnon train stations, new walking and cycling paths, and extensive landscaping.

Final mural designs were selected by a panel including representatives from LXRA, Glen Eira City Council, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and Creative Victoria.

All murals will have an anti-graffiti coating to make them easier to clean.

Quotes attributed to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“The removal of these level crossings has made our community safer, and these murals will make the new stations brighter and more interesting.”

“The works have been design specifically for these sites, and reflect the local history and culture of the area.”

“They are the final touches on this massive project, which has reduced congestion on local streets, improved access to public transport and made our community safer.”

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