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The Flowing Loops Logo is a photo of hand embroidered words "Flowing Loops Looping Flows" and blue depictions of a river flanked by greenery on rough brown canvas, with green grass as a background

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The Journey

Six artists walking & talking from Cheltenham to Box Hill…

The Artists

Public Artists, Designers, Writers, Dancers & Musicians…

The Communities

There’s a lot going on here, here’s who we met…

The Walkshops

RSVP now for FREE walkshops in November…

~FLOWING LOOPS~ acknowledges we have been walking Boon Wurrung-Bunurong and Wurundjeri-Woi Wurrung Country, part of the Kulin Nations where sovereignty was never ceded nor treaty negotiated. We pay our respects to Elders and knowledge holders of past, present and future. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal Land.

Dan Koop & six artists walked & talked following the route of the yet to be built Suburban Rail Loop from Cheltenham to Box Hill, looking for flows, loops and lines along the way.

Sometimes they followed the path of the new rail route, sometimes the shortest distance between stations and sometimes they followed the natural of flowing water already in the landscape.

Rather than a single epic journey, these landscapes were returned to at different times of year, following different routes and directions, much like we could imagine travellers on the train taking multiple journeys throughout a year.

Maps shown here include the 6 hand embroidered maps made for this project, the Suburban Rail Loop’s EES Tunnel Map and maps of the Mordialloc Creek and KooyongKoot Catchments from the Melbourne Stream Network.

Over time these routes intersected with different places and provided opportunities to make new connections with the community, such as Friends of groups, exercises, dog walkers, bird watchers and frisbee golfers.

Dan Koop

is a Public Artist who walked the whole journey from Cheltenham to Box Hill with these artists one station at a time.

See Dan’s full bio…

Aaron & Aoife Billings

are embroiders who handmade the fabric maps for each leg of the journey.

See Aaron & Aoife’s full bio…

Jack Mitchell

is a Designer who walked from Narrm’s edge to Southland Station.

See Jack’s full bio… 

Lina Patel

is a Facilitator who walked to Clayton Station.

See Lina’s full bio…

Sarah Walker

is a Photographer who walked to Monash Station.

See Sarah’s full bio…

David Sornig

is a Writer who walked to Glen Waverley Station.

See David’s full bio…

Emily Bowman

is a Dancer who walked to Burwood Station.

See Emily’s full bio…

Ria Soemardjo

is a Musician who walked to Box Hill Station.

See Ria’s full bio…

We’ve divided the communities up into six maps, one for each of the new or upgraded train stations:

  • Cheltenham – From the bays edge at Ricketts Point to Southland Station, through Beaumaris, Black Rock & Cheltenham. Featured locations include Ricketts Point and Sir William Fry Reserve.
  • Clayton – From Southland to Clayton Stations, through Cheltenham, Heatherton & Clarinda. Featured locations include Karkarook Park, Namatjira Park and Bald Hill Disc Golf. 
  • Monash – From Clayton to Monash Stations, through Monash University’s Clayton Campus. Featured locations include Public Art at the Monash campus and the Science Centre Lake at the Jock Marshall Reserve.
  • Glen Waverley – From Monash to Glen Waverley Stations, through Notting Hill, Mount Waverley & Glen Waverley. Featured locations include Scotchmans Creek and the Valley Reserve.
  • Burwood – From Glen Waverley to Burwood Stations, through Mount Waverley, Ashwood & Burwood. Featured locations include Damper Creek Reserve and the Local History Park along the Gardiners Creek.
  • Box Hill – From Burwood to Box Hill Stations, through Burwood, Box Hill South and Box Hill. Featured locations include Surrey Park and Box Hill Gardens.

Walkshops are a chance for artists to meet locals and share knowledge about the places we walk. We have two rounds of walkshops in May/June and in November.

You can RSVP for the November Walkshops for FREE and everyone is welcome!

  • 12-2pm, Sat 11 Nov, Sir William Fry Reserve, Highett – RSVP HERE
  • 12-2pm, Sun 12 Nov, Namatjira Park, Clayton South – RSVP HERE
  • 12-2pm, Sat 18 Nov, Monash Uni, Clayton – RSVP HERE
  • 12-2pm, Sun 19 Nov, Glen Waverley – RSVP HERE
  • 10am-12pm, Sat 25 Nov, Local History Park, Burwood – RSVP HERE
  • 12-2pm, Sun 26 Nov, Box Hill Gardens, Box Hill – RSVP HERE