2 December 2015
Melbourne based photographic artist James Voller has taken home the 2015 Melbourne Art Trams People's Choice Award and the accompanying $5,000 cash prize.
The popular Melbourne Art Trams initiative is a partnership between Creative Victoria, Yarra Trams and Melbourne Festival. The 2015 project features trams that reflect the architecture, urban planning and interiors of Melbourne with a theme of "Architecture and the City".
The eight trams debuted on the streets of Melbourne in early October as part of this year's Melbourne Festival visual arts program.
Voting in the People's Choice Award closed on Sunday at the inaugural Melbourne Art Trams Community Day, when all eight trams travelled on the City Circle at once. James Voller was declared the winner.
Exhibited internationally from London to Christchurch, James specialises in site-specific works, delving into the essence of place. His tram design investigates iconic Northern Melbourne architecture. Having documented the facades of these homes for the past two years, they now transcend the inner city suburb to move across Melbourne on a D class tram running on routes 5, 6, 8, 16 and 72.
On receiving his award, James said "Thanks so much to everyone who voted for my art tram - I was so humbled to be included with such an wonderful bunch of artists, and to be part of such a significant and prestigious event like the Melbourne Festival."
James' tram can be found by using tramTRACKER, pressing the myTRAM function and entering tram ID 175.
Alongside James Voller, the other 2015 artists are Bird & Adams (Matthew Bird and Phillip Adams), Louise Forthun, Stephen Banham, Kathy Temin, Amanda Morgan, Martine Corompt and emerging artist, Tom Vincent.
The eight Melbourne Art Trams will remain on the network until April 2016.