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Three stunning monumental sculptures were installed along the Peninsula Link freeway in Melbourne’s South East on the 14 December 2012, before the official opening of the freeway in January 2013, as part of a unique partnership between Southern Way and McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.
These works form part of the Peninsula Link Sculpture Commission and the biennial Southern Way McClelland Commission.
McClelland has been awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia 2013 SME Award for its work with Southern Way’s Peninsula Link Freeway.
The Peninsula Link Sculpture Commission was awarded to Louise Paramor for her work Panorama Station, permanently located on Peninsula Link at the EastLink interchange.
Built from steel, its highest point reaches 16.5 meters and its base over eleven metres, making it both iconic and monumental. Panorama Station resembles a space-station, conjuring up images from popular culture and combining everyday elements in innovative and ambitious ways.
The inaugural Southern Way McClelland Commissions were awarded to Australian sculptor Dean Colls and New Zealand artist Phil Price.
Dean Colls’ work Rex Australis: The King is dead, long live the King, is made of Corten steel and is located on a site near the Peninsula Link Skye Road exit.
Phil Price's large scale, wind-activated kinetic sculpture, The Tree of Life was located near the Peninsula Link Cranbourne Road exit, and has now been relocated to its new home at McClelland. Come and see the Tree of Life here, along with over 100 superb sculptures in the grounds of the McClelland Sculpture Park - entrance by donation.
Artist Gregor Kregar's monumental sculpture Reflective Lullaby, a happily upsized garden gnome, acts as a guardian of suburbia and is now on display at the Cranbourne Road site.
The Tree of Life and Reflective Lullaby are the first changeover in a program of biennial commissions that will alternate between two sites, one on Cranbourne Road, the other near Skye Road, both adjacent to Peninsula Link freeway. As part of the biennial Southern Way McClelland Commissions, each sculpture will be on display for four years, with a total 14 sculptures being commissioned over the next 25 year period. After display on the Peninsula Link freeway the Southern Way McClelland Commission works will form part of McClelland’s permanent collection.
Funding for the sculptures is being donated by Southern Way.