Long before we started seeing trains covered in graffiti, the Australian city of Melbourne embraced mobile art with a world-first public art project of hand-painted trams.
Between 1978 and 1993, 36 W-class trams were hand-painted by a who's who of the Australian art scene, including Clifton Pugh, Mirka, Mora, Howard Arkley John Nixon and cartoonist Michael Leunig.
After a 20-year hiatus, the idea was revived for the Melbourne International Arts Festival in 2013 and renamed Melbourne Art Trams. From next week, eight new designs will roll out, including a recreation of a 1986 work by the late expressionist painter David Larwill.
While the early trams were much loved, they were the epitome of ephemeral art and few remain intact.
"Most of the first series, which were painted between 1978 and 1982, have gone to God," says Jones, who is curating an exhibition of those early works at the Melbourne Tram Museum.
The exhibition of the trams runs from October 13 until November 2019. For those living or visiting Melbourne, the museum is at 8 Long Road, Hawthorn, and open on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, 11am-5pm. (Source: Financial Review)
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