TRAIN LINES

TRAIN LINES is a writing and street art project that reflects on the original purpose of the Upfield train line as mortuary transport between the City Morgue and Fawkner Cemetery between 1906-1939. It was researched through 26 interviews with Moreland residents who were asked to reflect on the language they and their families use to talk about death.

Five poems were created from this work, conveying the passage from city to cemetery, the passage of life to death, and the journey to ‘the final stop’. The poem Go Happy, the bemused reflections of a sentient corpse travelling to his ‘final destination’, was chosen for the public installation and was painted in sections on six walls between Jewell to Moreland Stations. Each billboard is contained within a 1970s train window frame distorted to accommodate the speed of the passing reader - commuters travelling from the city towards Fawkner Cemetery.  Commuters connect together lines that form a narrative over time and distance, much like history itself.

TACTICAL ART PROJECTS ARTIST Marcia Ferguson

OBJECTIVES

  • Place and identity making
  • Community building through shared experience

CLIENT

Moreart, City of Moreland’s Public Art Program

PARTICIPATION

  • Letterbox
  • Twenty-six interviewees
  • Metro
  • Brunswick Baths
  • Neometro
  • Four private property owners

RESOURCING - project scale $8,000

Moreart program