'Art trams' run through Melbourne CBD and beyond

The latest batch of 'art trams', with eight new designs, are making their way through the city and beyond. As part of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, seven artists were given the opportunity to use an entire tram’s facade as a canvas. 

The eighth tram is a re-creation of a work that appeared on city streets in 1986 from the late expressionist painter David Larwill (1956-2011). The tram Larwill’s work appeared on in 1986 has been in storage for more than 20 years and was photographed then re-created especially for this year’s project. His work will appear on the number 70 and 75 trams that run along Flinders Street.

Melbourne International Arts Festival artistic director Jonathan Holloway said the designs represented the city’s “creativity and diversity”, while Creative Industries Minister Martin Foley said the project brought art to people. “By inviting artists to turn our iconic trams into giant mobile artworks, we’re giving people right across the community access to some of the best contemporary art Victoria has to offer,” he said.

The designs will appear on trams until early 2019, and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite art tram.