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Federation Square Open Day – A Chance To See Australia’s Largest Mosaic In Progress

Visitors to Federation Square’s Open Day will witness Australia’s largest mosaic puzzle being pieced together, Major Projects and Tourism Minister, John Pandazopoulos, announced today. “More than 400,000 sandstone cobbles will form part of the 10,000 square metre Plaza, which will be a major civic focus where people will enjoy public celebrations, outdoor concerts and screenings, performances and al fresco dining,” Mr Pandazopoulos said. “More than 50 skilled craftspeople will be involved in laying the cobblestone mosaic. We invite Victorians to come and look, experience and learn more about this landmark project as it unfolds in this Federation year,” he said. Federation Square Chief Executive Peter Seamer said: “Thousands of sandstone cobblestones will be carefully pieced together to form a distinctive and intricate pattern that will be immediately recognisable as a special place in the very centre of Melbourne.” The cobblestones will be laid out in a specially designed pattern developed by project architects Lab + Bates Smart and artist Paul Carter, and will incorporate a series of inscriptions revealing stories of the site’s history and Australia’s federal ideal. Visitors will have the chance to inspect and learn about the cobblestone mosaic during the Federation Square Open Day on May 13 from 11am to 4pm which is part of the Centenary of Federation celebrations in Melbourne next week. Mr Seamer said work on Federation Square had progressed significantly since the November Open Day last year with several new parts of the project now open for inspection. Visitors will be able to: walk through some of the buildings under construction including the NGV’s Australian Art Gallery, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, the new home of SBS and numerous restaurants, cafes, bars and retail tenancies; view construction of the complex and striking Atrium and view the development of the Victorian Visitor Information Centre.“We expect some parts of Federation Square will open by the end of the year. However we will not unduly rush any of the project to the detriment of quality, as our focus is on getting the Square right in the long term.” Mr Seamer said. The Plaza, which rises to a height of six metres from Swanston and Flinders Streets, will offer views of Southbank, the Yarra River, and west towards Docklands, as well provide a clear view of the large video screen and stage in the southwest corner of the site. The screen will broadcast major sporting and cultural events, local and international news and other forms of entertainment for large public gatherings. Federation Square will house The Ian Potter Centre – NGV: Australian Art (housing the world’s largest and finest collection of Australian art), the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (incorporating Cinemedia and SBS), a major Visitor Information Centre, Transport pub, various cafes and restaurants and grand civic spaces including the Atrium and 400-seat Amphitheatre. Media contact and further information: Stan Liacos Manager – Marketing + Events Federation Square Mobile: 0418 172 362 Attachment Plaza Fact Sheet