2019 Melbourne Art Trams – Lesley Dumbrell

2019 Melbourne Art Trams – Lesley Dumbrell


In 1986 I was invited to paint a tram
for the Victorian Government Art Program. Huge tins of Dulux house paint and,
“Go for it Leslie!” So I drew it all up with a ruler and you know then started filling
it in and it took about three weeks, but, it was a lot of fun doing it. My tram has been brought back to life
for the festival this year, which is very exciting for it. It was a collaborative process with Kate and it was quite fascinating because the
height and the scale and everything about the tram has changed, so a number
of things had to be thought about. We had to get from the original tram photographs and images from today’s tram, in a bad condition. The challenge was how to recreate that and still be true to the original,
the decision was made to redraw it in Illustrator, rather than trying to clean
up the photographs, and I’m very much looking forward to
seeing how that came out. Oh, it’s much bigger than I thought, because the original tram would have been half this size, this is much bolder.
I’m thrilled with it actually it’s terrific. I’m enormously proud that it’s happened. I actually think it’s better than the
first tram, and what I loved about it was
I didn’t have to paint it again. I feel very much part of Melbourne, and I’m delighted that I’ve had this chance again, it’s lovely.

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