Press releases
Observations and emails
2014

Observations were recorded from no. 1 City Road Melbourne and released as press releases.







PRESS RELEASE

Sheep and cattle trucks that travel City Road are a consistent daily punctuation. The strong smell of shit, falling sound of animals after breaks on amber light; live animal transport takes me out of the city, transported to Victorian pastures, abattoirs, the Middle East? Attempts to soften their emotive impact thinking of the valuable poignancy of this processional display through Melbourne are only partially and temporarily successful.



19.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

Trucks moving clay, rock, concrete, bluestone, rubble and soil travel City Road daily. Melbourne's landscape is dug, loaded, transported and offloaded endlessly. The area along City Road in Southbank was swampland prior to European colonisation, with an incredible diverse ecology. The billabongs and swamps were filled-in during the development of the city of Melbourne. Silt and earth shifted during the re-direction of the Yarra in 1886 were used to fill the low-lying area directly behind the Arts Centre and the NGV.



17.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

In the 1880's the natural basalt 'falls' were destroyed with explosives by the recent colonisers of Melbourne to make way for Queensbridge. The 'falls' were a significant natural feature of the Birrarrung (Yarra river) as they separated tidal salt water from the bay, with the fresh water flowing down the Birrarrung from the Yarra Valley, one of the most significant reasons for which Melbourne was colonised by Europeans in the first place. The Falls had been used for thousands of years prior to colonisation by Indigenous Australians as an important crossing point in Birrarrung.



16.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

Vehicles passing no 1 City road travelling in both directions throughout October and November 2014:
United Petrol
Starbus Airport Shuttle
Taxi
Toll Tasmania
Direct Courier
Transfield
(Cattle Truck)
One Steel Recycling
Corio Waste Management
Receptions Solutions Melbourne Satellites
Adshell
Combustible Liquid
Pasta al Dente
(Sheep Truck)
Taxi
Australia Post
Ethanol
Midas
Star Track Courier
Europe Car
Refrigerated Transportation
(rock truck)
Boscustle
(Seriously Good Pies)
PJs Waste
Toll Petrol
(Cattle Truck)
bp
Taxi
Country Image Furniture
Toll Priority
(soil truck)
Pipe Hunter
Toll Flammable Liquid
Accident Assist
Specialised Pressure Cleaning
Perfection Towing
Select AV
Direct Couriers
Access Self Storage
Calendar Cheese Company
Toll Fast
Toll Petroleum
Tasmania Pacific
Waste Management
OZ Fresh Strawberries
Thrifty Car and Truck Rental
Lend Lease
Flexicar
(sheep truck)
Linfox



15.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

During the colonisation of Melbourne a common way to travel into the 'city' of Melbourne was to walk up roughly where City Road lies nowadays. This path was taken from the bay in order to save time travelling up the Yarra river on a boat. The natural basalt 'falls' were used to cross the Yarra where Queens bridge is now.



14.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

After a warm evening with northerly desert winds continuing all night, the wind swung around to a cold southerly at roughly 8am over a brief period of 4 or 5 minutes. The wind carried with it the strong smell of seaweed and salt, revealing the often forgotten proximity of the all but obscured bay.



13.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

Hamer Hall, facing the Yarra river near Princess Bridge on St Kilda Road in Melbourne, has its foundations sunk 7 metres below the water table. The concrete foundations have a rubber membrane separating them from the polluted groundwater; the groundwater was so polluted it was eating into the concrete. Hamer Hall and neighbouring Arts Centre Melbourne pump water from their foundations year-round, as they are both built into the water table.



12.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

Vehicles passing no 1 City road travelling in both directions throughout October and November 2014:
bp
SkyBus
Adams Pest Control
Contract Glass
Ethanol
SupaGas
The Good Guys
Complete Leather-care
Courier
Combustible Liquid
DHL
TOLL
Courier Please
Thermate technologies
Cellar Move, Climate controlled transport
Central Scaffolds
Telstra
Creative Ingredients
Kent
Organ's Coaches
Arc Catering
FBT Transwest
AMP Quality Meats
So Easy Luv a Duck
CABS
Mainfreight
Russel's Poultry and Meats
Volcanic Boulders
Star Track Courier
Bin hire
Recycling and Waste Management
'Radioactive'
Chemtrans
Silver Cabs
World Couriers
AJM Glass and Glazing
Ventura Bus
Petroleum Fuel
Air Conditioning
Fuji Xerox
Signs for Melbourne
(sheep truck)
Nuline Cabinets
Concrete
Corrosive Liquid
(sheep truck)
taxi
BRC Pilings
Toll Flammable Liquid
Accident Assist



11.11.14
PRESS RELEASE

A new digital advertising sign has been installed above City road tunnel on the entry to the tunnel on the South, replacing the previous billboard. The new digital sign changes its image just under every minute. Currently the sign has bright yellow text for the Commonwealth Bank, a bright red background for Nimble, and advertisements for Arts Centre shows: Tosca & Les Miserables. The sign is exceptionally bright and highly saturated, changing one's perception of the surrounding environment.



07.11.2014
PRESS RELEASE

Throughout Friday 7th November approximately 30 petroleum transport trucks were seen passing no.1 City Road, traveling in both directions (it is likely the true figure is at least triple the number seen). In addition to this one large dragonfly was seen hovering for a number of minutes.



05.11.2014
PRESS RELEASE

At precisely 10:39 am on Wednesday 5 November 2014, a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) alighted on the Sturt Street side of Melbourne's Arts Centre spire. The Cockatoo spent a number of minutes on the spire, hanging from it by both its feet and its beak. The Cockatoo then flew over Sturt Street and landed on the Australian ballet building spending less than a minute there before flying out of sight in the direction of St Kilda.