Melbourne is getting some new trains and there was a mock up, I think it was a mock up, on display at Birrarung Marr on the edge of the Yarra River. We strolled along the river bank for a look see.
Preparations were underway for White Night, an overnight event with many outdoor performances and displays until about 6am on the Sunday morning. Public transport ran all night and the event is very successful. Liquid Sky had already been erected at Federation Square, but to quote The Age headline, "White Night sculpture ripped apart by ferocious Melbourne winds".
This photo is from the Fairfax Press, but I have seen better photos.
More evidence of ferocious winds.
The Federation Bells atop the hill play tunes at certain times during the day.
Looking back towards the city. I suppose it is art. It looks like Aboriginal art, so we must be respectful.
What are these for?
Ah, they were to be erected along the river bank. I expect they were illuminated.
Revolting seat colours on the new train. The brighter ones are for the elderly and less abled.
There has been a theme over the last few years of removing seating from existing trains and trams so more people can be squashed on. Now they are just building trains with less seating.
The screens look very smart.
For White Night the train carriage was turned into a silent disco with appropriate lighting. A silent disco is where people dance to music they are hearing in headphones. I heard it was quite successful.
We first saw these very useful live panels in Japan in 2010, and we have seen them elsewhere since. This is the first time they will be seen in Melbourne, to my knowledge. They are incredibly useful and should be retro fitted to all trains.
I always think of this sculpture as Dorothy the Dinosaur and she once sat in the moat at the National Gallery of Victoria, but to be accurate, it is a sculpture called Mosaic Angel by artist Deborah Halpern. Jayne of Our Great Southern land informs us that Deborah is conducting a sculpting with mosaics workshop in Dunolly in Western Victoria.
Repro Victorian lamps march along back along the river to the city as we approached the Banana Vaults, once cool fresh food storage, now used as cafes, bars and ferry tour offices.
It must be time for lunch.