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New sculpture: W-class tram

Speaking of sculpture, there’s a rather splendid new one at the corner of Spencer and Flinders Streets — a full-size replica of a W-class tram.

Tram 1040 sculpture, Melbourne

Officially titled “Raising the Rattler Pole – The Last of the Connies”, it was installed last week, and when I went by a day or two later, appeared to be getting a lot of interest from passers-by.

There’s a fair bit of (not necessarily accurate!) detail on the underside…

Tram 1040 sculpture, Melbourne

City of Melbourne has posted a video of them doing the installation:

Finally, here’s another W-class tram (not the real 1040; this is number 961) photobombing the sculpture:

Photobombing the Tram 1040 sculpture, Melbourne

The artist is David Bell — on his web site are some photos of the sculpture being built.

Apparently it lights up at night… must go past sometime after dark to take a look.

By Daniel Bowen

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Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
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5 replies on “New sculpture: W-class tram”

Very clever. Take an every day object and put it in a different situation and it becomes a work of art (plus it is an original sculpture).
PS Why is the object partly titled “The Last of the Connies”. Tram conductors were also on later type trams. Seems like he’s trying to tack on a political statement, but it doesn’t really fit.

Why is it grey? I think a lot of people will miss the fact that it is a replica of a tram given the lack of colours.

There is a similar sculpture outside the State Library. (The corner of a classical building popping up from the footpath on Swanston St – on the intersection of Latrobe Street and Swanston Street)

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