Collaborative artists James and Eleanor Avery have created a bold and playful sculpture at Bonbeach Station.
Curated by public art and culture consultants ADA Consulting, in conjunction with The Level Crossings Removal Project and Southern Program Alliance, the Bonbird sculpture has taken up residence at the end of the arbour near the station entrance/exit.
With its many references and striking visual dynamic, Bonbird will be experienced as an iconic placemaker and identifiable way finder, significantly contributing to the cultural fabric of the locality.
The artists began with an exploration of the history of the site and the nearby Edithvale Wetlands. In celebration of Edithvale’s natural ecology, they reference the local birdlife and have reinterpreted and reformulated a with pop culture references.
James and Eleanor Avery have drawn upon numerous historical, cultural and environmental references in the creation of this vibrant sculpture. In their research, the artists discovered that until the late 1940s, sand was quarried on the Bonbeach railway line for use in the manufacture of glass and the form of the bird is loosely inspired by the glass insulators made by the Australian Glass Manufacturers.
In consideration of the surrounding coastal environment, the form of the quiff references waves, rolled up beach towels and periwinkle shells that are found in shell middens of Traditional Owners on nearby clifftops whilst the colours black and white were chosen to reference the striped swim caps of the Bonbeach Life Saving Club.
The blue of the bird will complement the new station’s architectural design, reflecting the sea and the Bonbeach beach huts that line the coast.
We’re very excited to be making an artwork for this important infrastructure development. We hope our Bonbeach Bird will stand out as an iconic place maker for the location and that it will make connections with people and be appreciated on multiple levels. The new railway station will be a significant benefit to Bonbeach and we feel very privileged to be part of this project.
Bonbird was commissioned by the Level Crossing Removal Project for the Edithvale, Chelsea and Bonbeach Project
James and Eleanor Avery
The Level Crossing Removal Project
Bonbeach Station, Melbourne