Melbourne writer and artist Maree Coote has created a new and unique display book, called "Melbourne City Views".
It features a series of artworks---glimpses and impressions of Melbourne's architectural treasures presented in fragments and snatches, as if one was meandering the Grid.
Maree has been writing on Melbourne's history for over 20 years, and has forged a deep creative connection with her city. "Melbourne City Views" contains favourite touchstones, including: RMIT University, the Capitol Theatre, The Forum Theatre, Federation Square, The State Library, the Shrine of Remembrance, the William Barak 'Portrait' Building, Southern Cross Station, Old Treasury Building, Flinders Street Station, the T&G building, Melbourne Town Hall, and St Paul's Cathedral. It also includes the iconic W-class tram, and the modern E-class tram.
Maree Coote: "The lockdown year of 2020 removed us all from our beloved CBD. My own relationship with Melbourne and its history is rooted in the city's physicality, in its form, its face, its personality. Walking the streets of the Grid to experience the past and present, immersing myself in the full character of the persona of Melbourne, is a pastime I missed very much. As we have all shared the same 'separated' 2020, perhaps others also need to reconnect with our city. And so I decided to bring the city to Melburnians, wherever they are, to remind them of the Melbourne's beauty and originality. To remind them that the Grid is the essence of our sense of place, our common history, and our marvellous memories. The Grid is fundamental to who we are as Melburnians. Our city's identity is rooted in this, its quirky heart. I wanted this to be more than a just book. I hoped to create an object that was also unique and different: a memento, an object of beauty, a gift, a keepsake, a celebration, an invitation, a display, and a calling card. And above all, something undeniably Melbourne."
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