This might look like the scene of an accident, but it’s actually an art installation in Melbourne

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 22 October 2014

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Nobody panic just yet! This isn’t the sight of a tragic accident, it’s actually a theatrical tribute to one of Melbourne’s classics: the W-class ‘rattler’ tram! Raising the Rattler Pole is a massive art installation by artist and designer David Michael Bell, wherein he created a 1:1 replica of Tram 1040, the last tram built to service Bourke Street in 1956.

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Surreal landscapes completely take over this artist’s livingroom

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 20 October 2014

Turning her home upside down with surreal art, Melbourne-based artist Magdalena Bors has created a very inspiring series, titled The Seventh Day. Bors explains in her artist bio that her practice to date has predominantly been to explore the idea of the sublime in the everyday, and you can see just where she was heading with these beautiful images.

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Enter a time warp dressed in suits and frocks from the ’40s and ’50s at this ultra vintage clothing store

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By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Thursday 16 October 2014

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Already embraced by hipsters and fashionistas, Melbourne is now making a name for itself as Australia’s headquarters of vintage glamor. As seen in the immaculately cut, full-skirted ’50s and ’60s-style frocks worn to great effect on TV’s Mad Men, the polished vintage look can be yours at Circa, easily one of the most authentic vintage shop located on the first floor of the beautiful Art Deco building Mitchell House at Lonsdale Street.

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Soulfest: A non-stop soul, jazz and hip hop festival in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Sunday 12 October 2014

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The sweet, smooth sounds of jazz. The funk of hip hop. The soothing notes of neo-soul. You can enjoy all your favourite music in one place this October, thanks to Soulfest. Taking place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, this anticipated festival has the biggest lineup of soul in Australia, with guests including Maxwell, D’Angelo, Common, Aloe Blacc, Mos Def, Angie Stone, and DJ Trey, all performing over two stages.

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This cafe in Melbourne will lift your spirits with caffeine… AND lots of cats!

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Monday 6 October 2014

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Cats, cats and more cats. If you’re having a cup of joe in Melbourne and think you’re hallucinating way too many cats prancing about and stretching their paws out at the cafe, know that your coffee hasn’t been spiked. You’re probably just at Cat Cafe Melbourne in Queen Street, the first of its kind in the Australian city.

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Giant dinosaur built in Melbourne park to get kids out of the house

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By Tristan Rayner in New Art on Friday 19 September 2014

A giant interactive dinosaur based on a Muttaburrasaurus has been built in a playground in Melbourne, with the aim of the Medibank project to get youngsters out and exploring outside again. The Muttaburrassurus was discovered by a farmer in 1963 – stumbling across a fossilised skeleton near the Queensland town of Muttaburra. A huge herbivore, it lived in Australia around 100 million years ago and may have weighed up to 2.8 tonnes.

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The unsung cleaners of Melbourne’s tourist hotspots

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 17 April 2014

Ever wondered what happens when the museums and theatres close for the evening? They get tended to by some of the hardest working people out there. Aussie photographer Greg Brigg’s series Melbourne Cleaners captures iconic settings such as Queen’s Hall in Parliament House and Melbourne Museum, to see just what happens when the tourists go […]

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Aussie artist Rone creates a new 35 metre high street art masterpiece

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By Marta Millere in New Art on Monday 7 April 2014

Street art is shaping the way we see and live in urban spaces everywhere in the world. In Rome, we’ve got the Space Invader leaving small pixelated masterpieces around Trastevere and other old neighborhoods; and in Melbourne and other Australian cities, there’s Rone.

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Melbourne Cleaners, a series about, uhhm, Melbourne’s cleaners

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Tuesday 1 April 2014

Melbourne Cleaners is a series in which the invisible, under-appreciated, under-acknowledged working men and women of an entire city are given the spotlight. Australian photographer Greg Briggs spent over 6 months documenting the cleaners of museums, hotels, theatres, and other establishments, as they work tirelessly keeping those places intact long after everyone has left. The […]

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Sandwiches that get delivered via parachute

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 27 March 2014

What does a pair of entrepreneurs do when their pop-up restaurant is located on the 7th floor and they have to deliver food quickly to their customers, who are all on the ground level? Simple, just throw the food out the window. [photos via We Heart]

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Looking to invest? Buy shares in this Melbourne brothel

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Trends on Tuesday 7 January 2014

We all like to make a bit of extra cash and investing in companies seems like a pretty popular way to do it. Of course, there are some pretty popular shares to buy depending on what takes your fancy – mining companies, banks and tech companies are doing very well. But if you’re looking for […]

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The Ovolo Hotel, Melbourne

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By Zolton in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 December 2013

You really couldn’t get a better location to explore Melbourne from than Little Bourke street. Unlike many big cities, the Melbourne CBD is actually a fun, bustling environment with plenty of bars, restaurants and boutique stores to keep you – and your wallet – busy. The Ovolo, a Mr and Mrs Smith Hotel, is right in the heart of it all, within easy walking distance to the trams (Melbourne’s gateway to everything cool) and just a stone’s throw (literally) from the constant energy of Chinatown.

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Cute fantasy illustrations by Melbourne’s Laura Wood

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Thursday 21 November 2013

Laura Wood was born and raised in Italy, but decided to move to Melbourne, Australia at the age of 24 and pursue her passion of illustration. She’s been working as a freelance illustrator since 2010 and has recently completed a Diploma of Illustration. She is represented by Good Illustration Agency.

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Something you don’t see everyday: the art trams of Melbourne

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Wednesday 20 November 2013

Trams are a popular mode of transportation in Melbourne, serving a total of 182.7 million passenger trips last year. But have you ever thought these could also serve as moving artworks? Transporting Art was a yearly project between 1978 and 1993 that saw 36 of Melbourne’s iconic trams repainted and reimagined by renowned local artists […]

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Human/bird illustrations by Melbourne artist Benk

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By Benk in New Illustration on Saturday 9 November 2013

The Melbourne-based artist/human Benk has created a series of illustrations that toys with the interrelationships between humanity and nature. We see birds almost every day of our lives. We hardly notice them, I certainly don’t feel as if I live among birds, but we all do. These illustrations portray humans wearing bird masks, showing the […]

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