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Foster’s tram art

Looking good: principal artists of the tram sculpture David Bell with his wife and project production manager Bec Matthews.

FOSTER is not a town you would normally associate with trams but lately some locals have been getting familiar with the transport icon.

A team of artists and engineers have been had at work to construct the next public art piece to hit Melbourne’s CBD – a full size ‘stone’ tram sticking vertically out of the ground.

The tram is a fully constructed replicate of the last model of W Class trams to hit the streets of Melbourne.

Principal artist and designer David Bell said the team have dealt with some constraints.

“We’ve had to build the whole thing from scratch. There are very few original tram parts on there,” he said.

“Because it will be standing on its end we had to make it as light as possible.”

The idea was chosen from 40 different submissions from artists around the state.

“We want it to standout like a monument,” Mr Bell said.

“People in Melbourne use trams everyday and this is a monument to that familiar mode of transport and a great feature of the city.”

The team has been working on the piece since August last year and hope to have it finished soon.

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