December 2022

Craning for a View | Jon Rendell | Scene4 Magazine | November 2022 | www.scene4.com

28 October – 23 April 2023
The Photography of Jon Rendell

Melbourne street artist Tyrone Wright, (AKA 'Rone'), has taken over the city's iconic Flinders Street Railway Station's mysterious upper level and ballroom to create a nostalgic love letter to mid-century Melbourne and a tribute to one of the city's great icons.  

It's a fictional history that transports audiences to post-WWII Melbourne, 'Time' is inspired by an era when European migrants powered the city's booming manufacturing industries. A vignette of mid-century working-class life and an ode to the faded yet enduring beauty of this forgotten place, Time captures the spirit of the city's industrious past while offering glimpses of the station's role as a once-glorious hub of work, learning and social life. Time has been in the works for over three years, and until recently, the space has been closed to the public for 40 years.

Visitors can explore each distinctly themed room filled with countless original and meticulously recreated period objects, evocative lighting and sound design, as Rone's haunting signature female portraits hover serene and ghost-like above each scene. 

'The inspiration for 'Time' was the building itself,' Rone adds. 'Each room informed what we would create inside. Many of the spaces felt like administrative spaces so that's what we created. For example a mailroom, switchboard and a typing pool. Other areas were more social like the ballroom of course, and then we looked at education spaces like our library and classroom installations which are a direct nod to what actually existed up there during the mid-1900s.'

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Flinders Street Railway Station (built 1909)

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Garment Production

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Typing Pool

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Artist Studio

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Ballroom (long view)

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Clock Tower (mock-up)

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I'm sure some people thought they were really in the clock tower.

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Clock Tower End of Flinders Street Station. Melbourne is currently suffering the
effects of La Niña and a negative Indian Ocean Diapole (IOD) event.


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Jon Rendell was born into an auteur/photog family in Melbourne, Australia, in 1957 and grew up around cameras and film. He honed his craft under renowned photographer Athol Shmith at what is now Swinburne University (Prahran Campus, Melbourne). He was always captivated by shadows and finds himself hard-wired to focusing on the transitory, abstract shapes that come and go with the available light. For more of his photography in Scene4, check the Archives.

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