We went to Federation Square yesterday and this is definitely one of my favorite places.
Fed Square, as it’s colloquially known, is a large civic and cultural center. In addition to a number of bars, cafes, and restaurants, Fed Square has several cultural facilities including the Ian Potter Centre, which houses a huge collection of Australian art, and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, or ACMI, which is dedicated to the moving image in its many forms. Fed Square is also home to many events such as book markets, poetry readings, wine tastings, and cultural festivals.
We went to the Ian Potter Centre and ACMI, which are both free!
School children viewing aboriginal art at the Ian Potter Centre.
Spiderman is an important ancestral healer in aboriginal beliefs.
Aboriginal art at the Ian Potter Centre.
Designer/artist Linda Jackson combines her interests in art and design, traditional culture, and the Australian bush for her series “Bush Couture” at the Ian Potter Centre.
Linda Jackson Bush Couture, Ian Potter Centre.
The cricketeers by Russell Drysdale, one of Australia’s most important artists, at the Ian Potter Centre.
The pioneer by Frederick McCubbin is an important Aussie work, the Ian Potter Centre.
Shearing the rams by Tom Roberts is another iconic piece of art, the Ian Potter Centre.
Minecraft at Best of the Independent Games Festival 2011, Australian Centre for the Moving Image.
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image, ACMI, explores the history of the moving image from early cinema to virtual worlds.
ACMI looks at the arrival of 3D games such as Tomb Raider.
ACMI explores virtual worlds such as Second Life.
Australian pop culture – Dame Edna, Kylie Minogue, and Crocodile Dundee – at ACMI.
An interior view of the Atrium in Federation Square.
An exterior view from the rear of Federation Square.
A lovely view of Melbourne along the Yarra River from Federation Square.
You can see more photos on my Flickr.