Melbourne Airport



Creative Road was engaged by Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne to manage the commissioning of a large scale kinetic artwork for a 1km site along Melbourne Airport’s new extension road – Airport Drive, Tullamarine.

Our role included preparing a strategy, artist shortlist and managing the artist selection process for Australia Pacific Airports Melbourne.

Established Australian artists Matthew Harding, Marion Borgelt, Simeon Nelson and Alexander Knox were engaged to prepare artwork concepts to create a sense of place and a narrative for the area. A curatorial framework was developed to guide the commission, key themes included; the Melbourne identity and experience, the natural environment, indigenous heritage and destination/arrival.

We all wish to fly in some way… body, mind, spirit…Volare (to fly) offers a metaphor for our transit, our comings and goings, our arrivals and destinations and our greater journey throughout life.

Airports are portals to other worlds, other people, places and time. They are windows that offer a different view to the world we inhabit and are familiar with. They are as much a gateway to our city as they are a gateway to the imagination.

Excerpt from Matthew Harding's proposal VOLARE