This public art work, commissioned by the City of Melbourne and the Victoria State Government, resuscitates an industrial rail bridge with large scale sculptures that cross the bridge on rails three times daily, recalling the history of immigrants to the city.
Each of the nine travelling sculptures represents a phase in the city’s history, and traces the origins of a part of Melbourne’s community. The tenth sculpture, Gayip, named for the gathering of all the different Aboriginal communities, stands high on a rock, observing the others as they cross the Yarra River. Together, they have travelled through time to make the city what it is today. As an entity, they function like an urban clock, participating in the daily rhythms of the city. 8.5m tall, the sculptures move at a speed of 1.5km/h, and their journey across the bridge takes 15 minutes. Every morning, noon and evening, they journey across the bridge and stay there for an hour, bringing back memories of the migrants who used to cross the bridge on a train from the port of Melbourne for more than a century, and of those who belonged to the land before them.
Victoria State, Melbourne, Australia