Designer Bernice McPherson; architects Craig Perry and Peter Dann
Railway Place, West Melbourne
This is a curious addition to the City of Melbourne's public art collection. Tucked away along quiet Railway Place, this platform is set in the embankment overlooking the tracks of a complex and busy train junction. Commanding a magnificent view to the west, the platform's purpose is to provide an amenity to the local community. Incorporating train wheels and lengths of rail track, it pays homage to trainspotters the world-over and to the moving, grinding, squealing 'ships on wheels' that keep their adrenaline coursing. Perhaps fittingly, cartoonist Michael Leunig launched the ludic platform.