Melbourne's latest public art installation arrives at Docklands

Yarra's Edge is now home to Melbourne's latest piece of public art.

At the foot of Mirvac's latest development within the Docklands precinct, a 50-metre artwork by Melbourne artist Tracy Sarroff has taken place. Rising from the Yarra, the sculpture consists of 16 buoyant crystalline shards made from opaque acrylic that ebb and flow with the tide, and change colour as pedestrians transit the immediate area.

The shards which rise up to six metres are inspired by bioluminescence. According to Mirvac who commissioned the artwork, Light Buoys as it's now known as will pulse softly when pedestrians are not around to activate it, imitating the breathing and resting of a living organism.

Light Buoys is also a reference to the heritage of the riverbank setting, with Tracy Sarroff arranging the formation to mimic the reeds that are native to the Yarra and once lined its banks all the way to Birrarung Marr.

The work of Tracy Sarroff. Image: Mirvac

What they say

Light Buoys takes inspiration from science fact and science fiction, transforming what were once reeds and the West Melbourne Swamp, the work melds that natural past with a potential future.

Tracy Sarroff, Artist

Mirvac is excited to deliver this unique and enriching artwork to the community at Yarra’s Edge as part of our commitment to reimagining urban life. Light Buoys takes into account the design intent for the urban character of the Yarra’s Edge precinctand embraces the urban and riverfront nature of the precinct.

Elysa Anderson, General Manager of Residential Victoria, Mirvac

A design competition was held for the artwork, the latest such installation that Mirvac has commissioned.

Light Buoys is attached to a flexible flotation structure under the waterline, avoiding any damage to the riverbed. The process of assembly spanned two weeks and was overseen by structural engineer Peter Felicetti, better known for his work at Hobart's MONA Museum.

Array, The Wharf Club and a Cargo Home interior

Located at the foot of the Array residential tower, Light Buoys adds to the ground level stimulation of the area.

The Wharf Club was recently completed and includes amenities such as a pool, fitness centre and café that are available to both residents and the wider community. Adjoining The Wharf Club is a 2,000sqm green open space known as Wharf’s Landing, further activating the precinct's waterfront.

As further stages of Yarra's Edge are delivered, the precinct as a whole has evolved from its early purely apartment tower-driven outcome to now include greater public benefits and a mixture of housing typologies. The most recent stage of development included Cargo Homes, a limited range of luxury residences that blur the lines between an office and a home.

The balance of Yarra's Edge is expected to follow suit, although Mirvac has also released for sale Voyager which shapes as Yarra's Edge's tallest apartment tower.

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Bilby's picture

Goodbye to another popular fishing spot in the area. Lots of people liked to cast a line in there - impossible now with the underwater armature and power supply conduit. The residents I've spoken to aren't entirely glowing about it either (pun intended). It just shows how little stakeholder consultation the council has done over such transformations of public space.

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