Collins St. Regulars

Collins St. Regulars bought into the spotlight the background figures from John Brack’s beloved 1955 painting Collins St., 5 pm, in a soft sculpture street art installation as part of White Night Melbourne, 2013.

The figures all blindly hustled along in one direction towards their original destination of Spencer Street Station (now known as Southern Cross Station). This left the viewer to take the role as one of the foreground characters in the painting.Collins1

Sewn from canvas and painted, the figures referenced the medium of Brack’s original work, with a nod to another of Melbourne’s beloved artists, Mirka Mora and her painted sculpture dolls.

Collins St. Regulars was a playful work that invited the public to become a part of one of Melbourne’s best loved paintings. All night people were photographed it or photographing themselves in front of it.

As the night wore on, more and more of the Regulars were souvenired by passersby, by 7am only 11 remained.


Read a blog post about art in public and my White Night experience with the Regulars here.

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Eliza February 25, 2013 at 4:35 am

I love these guys! I heard a few comments from passers-by, “bananas with jackets!” being one of my favourites. I went to the bathrooms there at about 2am, and one poor guy had lost his body 🙁 and then when I got out of the bathroom his head was gone too!

Sayraphim February 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

I saw that, I removed the head because it looked so sad! The legs were chucked down behind the fence, I figure they tried to rip it off but the stitching on the tag was too strong and they ended up ripping it in half instead.

My grandmother taught me well!

Chris March 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

They’re so great!!!

Sayraphim March 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

Thanks Chris! I was quite pleased at how these guys turned out 🙂

Rebecca July 27, 2013 at 3:56 am

I think this is wonderful!

Sayraphim July 29, 2013 at 2:54 am

Thank you Rebecca!