Monument Park. © MAB

Monument Park NewQuay

After a significant delay attributed to the complexity of building sculptures on wharf structures, MAB have finally got the ball rolling on delivering Monument Park: one of the largest and most significant art installations to be undertaken in Docklands. Construction is anticipated to commence on site at NewQuay this month following the production of the 'monuments' off-site.

Located within the wedge shaped public open space known as Conder Plaza situated between the Boyd, Conder and The Quays residential towers at NewQuay, the $2m integrated landscape art project is the result of a collaboration between renowned local artist Callum Morton, architects McBride Charles Ryan and landscape architects Oculus.

It will see the activation of an otherwise windswept concrete plaza into a distinct and unique public open space, that is both visually and physically engaging as a place to dwell or transit.

Monument Park looking towards the Boyd. © MAB

The project is envisioned as a concrete carpet in the form of an abstracted Hoddle Grid relief draped over well known Melbourne sculptures and statues which are cracked open to reveal colorful innards, with provision for trees and other greenery also appearing over time. The end goal is to create a modern day ruin of sorts.

The project - while tying a number of the NewQuay towers together at the ground plane - also has an air of familiarity about it with the yellow peril, Burke and Wills and a number of other monuments which have had transient existences. The provision of a number of trees with dense canopies and decent spread should also go some way to providing a wind buffer to Victoria Harbour and shade in summer.

Monument Park Site Plan. © MAB

Delivered in partnership between MAB & Places Victoria, Monument Park is due for completion by years end, with ownership transferring to the City of Melbourne in 12 months time who will maintain the park thereafter.

In a wider sense Monument Park represents another step in Docklands evolving urban realm experience, with a host of either recently completed or under construction projects directed toward providing the community with a more pleasant experience.

Monument Park looking south-east. © MAB
Monument Park looking towards Victoria Harbour. © MAB

Further reading about the project:


Development & Planning

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:00
Brunswick's Anstey Precinct is in for a massive shot of development as Melbourne's Nightingale Housing plans seven separate buildings in a project that will be dubbed Nightingale Village. Already accustomed to urban renewal, the area surrounding Anstey Station is set to benefit from the unprecedented move by Nightingale Housing to develop what amounts to an entire street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 00:00
Spring Street has released details of a large shutdown of the Pakenham/Cranbourne and Frankston lines which will allow workers to complete major upgrades to the rail infrastructure. The work is required to allow for the introduction of the new High Capacity Metro Trains (HCMTs) and will involve upgrading power & catenary, signalling and communications equipment in the Dandenong (Pakenham/Cranbourne) corridor.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.