EastLink's public artworks
EastLink’s significant investment in public sculpture has transformed the roadway into Australia’s largest sculpture park.
The four major artworks displayed beside the road were commissioned from respected Australian artists Callum Morton, Emily Floyd, James Angus and Simeon Nelson.
A further eight sculptures - all by recognised artists - are distributed along the EastLink Trail.
EastLink 5km Indigenous Art Trail
The EastLink 5km Indigenous Art Trail is an outstanding community art collaboration between Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP), Croydon Hills Men’s Shed, Mullum Mullum parkrun, EastLink and Whitehorse City Council.
Created in 2023, the EastLink 5km Indigenous Art Trail includes 12 wooden art poles painted by local Indigenous artists, located alongside the EastLink Trail in Mullum Mullum valley.
The route of the EastLink 5km Indigenous Art Trail is purposefully exactly the same as the route of the 5km Mullum Mullum parkrun event that is held every Saturday morning at 8am.
Rainbow Serpent Tracks at the EastLink operations centre
The EastLink operations centre in Ringwood is the heart and soul of EastLink.
This is where the EastLink team is based - more than 200 people. Our corporate visitors come to meet us here. And customers attend our customer centre here.
That's why the EastLink operations centre is the perfect location for this new installation of Rainbow Serpent Tracks, by local Aboriginal Artist Simone Thomson.
Seeing Rainbow Serpent Tracks each time we arrive at the EastLink operations centre reminds everyone in the EastLink team that EastLink is part of a much larger landscape, which existed before EastLink was built, and which will continue long after we have gone.
Rainbow Serpent Tracks will help us maintain a sense of perspective, and ensure that we consider the bigger picture in our day to day operations.
Rainbow Serpent Tracks will be displayed at the EastLink operations centre until 2025. It will then be replaced by another Aboriginal Artwork.
Rainbow Serpent Tracks
Rainbow Snake's journey tracks across Country pushing the earth up with his belly, creating mountains and valleys in winding crevices.
Like the Rainbow Serpent's journey through the long and winding valleys, the EastLink tunnels burrow beneath the earth of the Mullum Mullum valley creating their own journey tracks ensuring Country and its surrounding wetlands stay protected, just as our ancestors have done for thousands of years.
Original artwork titled Rainbow Serpent Tracks by Simone Thomson © 2019.
About the Artist
Simone Thomson is a local Aboriginal Artist and is a Woi-Wurrung Wurundjeri and Yorta-Yorta Traditional Owner through her mother, and Irish/Scottish through her father.
Simone draws inspiration from the abundant textures and colours of this beautiful land along with the ancestral bonds she has to the Birrarung (Yarra River) and Dhungala (Murray River). Her people are river people, so she finds that waterways often interweave into her art along with dreaming and creation stories.
EastLink's support for the arts
EastLink is the Principal Theatre Partner of Frankston Arts Centre, which is located a few minutes’ drive from the southern end of EastLink.
Frankston Arts Centre brings live performance to the region, with an impressive 800-seat main theatre, 194-seat Cube 37 performance space, and 500-seat function centre. Frankston City Library is also located within the arts precinct.