Melbourne's security bollards prettied up and dubbed #bollart
Concrete anti-terror bollards placed around Melbourne pedestrian hotspots have been covered in bright fabric, confetti and paint in a move dubbed on social media as #bollart.
The bollards began cropping up around the city in June, though for security reasons the location of the bollards was only revealed as they were installed. So far, they have been placed around Flinders and Southern Cross train stations.
The premier, Daniel Andrews, introduced the bollards as a means of preventing attacks following the Bourke Street tragedy, when a man allegedly drove through pedestrian traffic and killed five people, and the London Bridge terror attack, in which people were killed and injured in a combined vehicle and knife attack.
The grey bollards were lamented by some as an eyesore. That was until Thursday, when a lonely rainbow-striped bollard cover appeared.
By Monday, other citizen artists had joined the revolution. While the Flinders Station bollards remained bare, a number of bollard covers could be found covering the concrete slabs around Southern Cross.
One of the bollards was depicted by an artist, D’Aniel Andrews, as being a work of art in itself. A label accompanying the bollart named it Composition II, Embraced. The art, made of concrete and steel on footpath, represented how “the city suspends all tension in a phantasmagoria of stoic existence”, the label read.
Anti-bollartists have been reportedly removing some of the covers. But in a tweet, the City of Melbourne council denied responsibility, saying “We’re not removing art from the bollards”.
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Robert Doyle, also voiced his approval of bollart, saying he was a “fan of anything that brightens up the city”. However, he added: “Probably wouldn’t hire them to decorate my house”.
Bollart-supporter Grant Taylor posted the bollard dimensions online for those hoping to craft their own bollart covers. Apparently the cubes have an edge length of 81cms.
Eventually the bollards will be replaced with permanent barriers or retractable bollards.
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