Melbourne 'bollart' takes social media by storm

A series of concrete bollards outside Melbourne's Southern Cross train station have been targeted by some creative activists. Source: Twitter

Anonymous artists in Melbourne are trying to make the best of a drab situation by dressing up some concrete cubes.

Melburnians have responded to the placement of multiple anti-terror bollards around its CBD not with angst, but with art.

In recent weeks a series of concrete bollards have been placed in various locations throughout the city following a car attack in Bourke Street that killed five people, and multiple vehicular attacks throughout Europe.

But since then the cubes have been anonymously decorated with everything from paint to bright fabrics, which many have labelled #bollart on social media.

Supporters have posted the dimensions online in the hope more will create their own covers.

One citizen artist placed a label next to one of the bollards, making it look like an art installation by one D'Aniel Andrews - a not-so-subtle jab at the Victorian Premier.

The label named the bollard "Composition II, Embraced", saying it represented how "the city suspends all tension in a phantasmagoria of stoic existence".

The blocks will eventually be replaced with permanent barriers or retractable bollards, but until then some have taken exception to the new trend by removing some of the cover-art.

In a tweet, the City of Melbourne council denied responsibility.

Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle went a step further, voicing his approval of bollart.

According to The Guardian he said while he's "a fan of anything that brightens up the city", he "probably wouldn't hire them to decorate" his house.

Source SBS World News


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