Highlights of Melbourne’s Public Art

Public art is common in Melbourne. The city has over 150 different monuments, fountains, memorials and sculptures of interest.

The Three Businessmen

‘The Three Businessmen Who Brought Their Own Lunch: Batman, Swanston And Hoddle’ by Alison Weaver and Paul Quinn is a sculpture located on the corner of Bourke and Swanston Streets. Weaver has said that even though the figures have been named, they are also meant to be anonymous. She has been quoted as saying that the sculpture represents the sense of being trapped in the ‘perpetual motion of consumerism’.


A number of mosaic elephant statues were created by Deborah Halpern in time for Melbourne Zoo’s recent 150th birthday celebrations and in honour of the zoo’s baby elephant, Mali. All but 1 of the 50 colourful statues took up residence in the zoo. The remaining statue is located outside ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr Park.

The Fairies Tree

Artist Ola Cohn took three years to carve fairies, gnomes, elves, and dwarfs into the Red Gum at Fitzroy Gardens. The artwork and its magical vision have made it a local attraction for visitors to the garden.

Source: http://blog.thatsmelbourne.com.au/blog/2013/08/05/rediscover-melbournes-public-art/