Trash Magic: Alchemy of the Found Object

Thu 11th February, 2021 – Fri 26th March, 2021
Campbell Arcade
Underground, 248 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Price: Free
This found-object exhibition is hiding in a historic subway arcade, which may be demolished later this year.

Take the subway steps down from Flinders Street to find Campbell Arcade, an underground shopping precinct from 1956.

It's lined with 12 display boxes – dubbed "The Dirty Dozen" – and right now there are 12 mixed media artworks on display.

The brief was simple: artists should take discarded, found or single-use rubbish and transform it through their art and creative process for an abstract standalone window. The result features pieces and sculptures recycling unique pieces of trash into treasure.

Campbell Arcade may be demolished later this year to make way for the Metro Tunnel Project, although concrete plans for its future have not yet been announced.

The exhibition is open to the public Mondays to Fridays 7am–7pm and on Saturdays 10am–5pm.

More information here.

Editor’s note: this article was updated on February 24, 2021 to reflect the latest news about the future of the Campbell Arcade.