Federation Square, Melbourne

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    Federation Sq. II - National Gallery of VIctoria

    by iandsmith Written May 17, 2005

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    Drysdale's classic,

    Tucked inside the conglomerate that is Federation Square is the "Icons of Australian Art Trail". This is, in my limited knowledge, the best all round collection of famous Australian artists.
    A wonderful cross section includes such luminaries as Sidney Nolan, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Hans Heysen, Rupert Bunny, George W. Lambert, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Jan Sutherland, Margaret Preston, Brett Whiteley, Ken Done and others.
    It's a great cross section, particularly of 19th century and early 20th century, though I personally felt it was bit light on with the "Brushmen of the Bush" (Broken Hill artists) and Brett Whiteley.
    More of the dramatic colours of these artists would have rounded it out for me but I thoroughly enjoyed what was on show and highly recommend it if you are into art.
    Downstairs was an exhibition of indigenous art and I have to say that this is also the best I've seen with the variety encompassing everything from totem poles to modernistic styles.

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    Federation Square I

    by iandsmith Updated May 16, 2005

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    Archtypal abstract

    If you're looking for controversy, then you need go no further than this building. It's a billion dollar extravaganza of someone's imagination.
    Most find it a scab on the surface of Melbourne but, on the other hand, like all scabs, it's very noticeable and very different.
    The abstract work doesn't sit comfortably in its environment, especially set between Flinders Street Station and a church on the other side.

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    FEDERATION SQUARE

    by BerniShand Written Jan 8, 2005

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    the old, reflected in the new

    Melbournes most incredible focal point, Federation Square can hold up to 20,000 people, we saw it on Gold Cup day, packed with people waiting to watch the big race on the giant TV screens, it was like walking into a huge open air party

    the modern architecture of the square is amazing, even to someone whos preferance is for the more historical buildings
    the design for the square was decided by a competition in 1997, the winner was Lab architecture studio and Bates Smart, and the project cost $450,000,000 funded by the City of Melbourne, The Commonwealth Government and the private sector

    in the square is the Ian Potter Centre, housing the Natiomal Gallery of Victoria which only houses Australian art,
    the AMCI - the Australian Centre for the Moving Image
    the Yarra building which houses the Australian Racing Museum,
    the BMW Edge theatre, the Zinc Function Centre and varios other offices, galleries, shops and cafes

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    Art or Chaos - you decide ?

    by pugwashman Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Federation Square

    By all accounts this particular bit of architecture divides opinion, you either love it or hate it. It's essentially a square/plaza with some interesting modernistic style buildings around it. Seemed a nice place to catch a coffee or beer, and is only a stroll away from the Yarra River so worth taking a look at. When we visited there were craft stalls and cooking exhibitions as part of the Melbourne Food Festival..

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  • Federation Square

    by murraysguide Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    Located directly opposite Flinders Street Station this square as some would describe is gaudy and unimaginative while other will see it as modern and full of inspiration. Each person you talk to will have an opinion of what Federation Square is. The design has a number of aluminium clad buildings that houses the multicultural television station SBS, the centre for moving image, The Ian Potter Centre for Australian Art, and Australian Racing Museum all surrounding the open bland civic plaza. The plaza is used for a number of public events throughout the year. The unattached glass building houses the large Melbourne Tourism Information Centre providing information on attractions in and around Melbourne.

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    Melbourne: Federation Square

    by Intrepidduck Updated Jun 8, 2004

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    Detail of glass facade

    This landmark, and originally controversual, public arts project soon took a great liking by the Melbourne general public. It is Melbourne's new epi-centre for arts and meeting up with friends. It used to be under the clocks of Flinders Street Station, although that was for other reasons and still goes on. However Ferderation Square, completed in 2002, is the place to be these days. It is home to several major art collections. You will find the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) - Australian collection, Aboriginal, colonial to contemporary paintings, objects and photography. Federation Square is also the home for Cinemedia Victoria which has several of film and video theatres, it's library contains a large collection of national and international cinema, video and mulimedia. The external public square with it's sloping paved area, nestled between shards of deconstructivist public buildings, is a masterwork of town planning. It works well and has the gravity of an old town square, such a thing almost non existant in Australia. Thus certainly an emerging venacular in public spaces.

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    Wacky and Wonderful design

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Feb 14, 2004
    Watch for uneaven surfaces

    I have no idea of the reason behind Federation Squre but I love it. It is a clean unique and very visually pleasing.

    The Square is made of several building housing different musuems. ALL FREE to visit.

    The design is wierd and wacky adding to it's appeal.

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    Federation Square

    by dracko Written Dec 18, 2003

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    People seem to either love this place or hate it. This is basically a small pedestrian square built right next Flinders Station, with some very... unique... architecture as its claim to fame. The square is surrounded by several building whose design is nothing if not unique. The buildings house museums, a TV station, a conference center, and a number of shops, restaurants, and cafes. The interior of the buildings tends to be just as unique as their exterior. Definitely worth taking the time to explore. The square itself is a gathering place, and is pretty good for people watching. There's an amateur outdoor theater that puts on performances on Sundays (or at least they did when I was there).

    One of the unique features of the square, is that it was built right over the railroad tracks heading to and from the nearby Flinders Station.

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    Fed Square interesting architecture

    by jolivisage Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Federation Square

    You must go here! This building commemorates Melbournes 200 year anniversary. It contains the NGV - National Gallery Victoria, cafes, and other interesting events and large outdoor TV screen.

    The building replaced the old Gas & Fuel buildings which were two brown bricked towers that were and eyesore to Melbourne and demolised to make way for Federation Square.......

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    the new (2002) stuff in federation square

    by utttz Updated Oct 2, 2003

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    it' a brand new "refurbishment"... It seems to be a huge cohordinated mess, but inside there's a huge arts exibition... from aborigenal to now, three stages of for free quality interesting stuff.... quantitity, quality and price what's better?

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    Federation Square

    by eviltooth Updated Jun 28, 2003

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    Federation Square 14.02.2003

    When I first came to Melbourne in 1998 construction of the Fed Square had already begun. Everytime when I passed by the place I would wonder what it would be like, and after patiently waited for 5 years it's finally completed in 2002, and after 150 years, Melbourne finally got the city square it has wanted.

    People either love it or hate it but can’t ignore it. We can't stop staring because its structures are so surprising and confronting.

    Fed Square embraces all the city's inner tensions:between old and new, between artistic freedom and the constraints of funding and politics. Sitting opposite a cathedral,a pub and a railway station,it is a gathering place for our diverse cultures. Its grounds,according to one historian, are both sacred and secular.

    The whole site props on a concrete and steel deck over 12 rail lines. When you're at the cobblestone plaza, don't be alarmed when the ground quavers, it's only the forklift. ;)

    What's at Fed Square?

    - Ian Potter Centre: the National Gallery of Victoria Australia (see my tip)

    - Australian Centre for the Moving Image

    - Australian Racing Museum (yes, racing is big in Victoria, we even get a day off for that)

    - Television station SBS

    - Melbourne Visitors Centre (Don't miss the green-tinted grass "fish tank" building, the Visitors Centre is undergroun)

    - Dinning and drinking (e.g. Paul Mathis' Transport pub)

    - Shopping (e.g. Kirra Gallery which sells interesting sculptures and glasswares)

    Check out the website to see what's install for you at the Fed Square. :)

    Pic was taken on the 14th February 2003 during the anti-war protest. Yes, I am anti-war, very.

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    The Ian Potter Centre NGV Australia

    by eviltooth Updated Dec 16, 2002

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    The Pioneer

    Experience the many aspects of the history and development of Australian art and culture at the newly opened (28 November 2002) Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV is made up of 3 levels of galleries which hold an impressive collection of indigenous and non-indigenous art.

    Personally, I don't like the Fieldwork: Australian Art 1968-2002 on Level 3. They look more like the products of psychiatry patients, but then again, the psychiatry patients' works at the Royal Melbourne Hospital are much better.

    The pic shows one of my fav in the NGV, The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin showing that the Australian pioneering history were bound up with the clearing of the bush. Each panel is "read" to link the progress of the toil of this land across time.

    Opening hour

    Monday to Thursday 10am - 5pm
    Friday 10am - 9pm
    Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pm

    Admission is free but there may be an entrance fees for special exhibitions.

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    Someone likes these buildings and somone not

    by MJL Updated Mar 7, 2011
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    When I was here over 10 years ago, this place was an empty lot. Now you find different culture institutions and also Tourist Information centre.

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    Nice place to hang out

    by hassan_abu Written Dec 23, 2009
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    sit down and relax at the federation square, or you can even catch a river cruise along the Yarra River at the Federation Wharf

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    Federation Square - A fascinating building

    by aussirose Written May 24, 2006

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    Federation Square

    This was the first gorgeous building I came across whilst walking towards the Yarra River. The architecture is stunning!! I was drawn to see what was inside.

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